Tools for Building Employer-Educator Partnerships

Employer Engagement Toolkit - practical solutions for employers and educators for building partnerships, sustaining collaborations, and creating career pathways.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide critical linkages between business and education. CTE programs also provide high school students real life experiences in business and industry, they help students develop job specific skills and prepare them for the world of work.  For more information regarding CTE programs in the Michigan Works! Southwest area visit:

Employer Resource Networks 

Private/public partnerships to improve talent retention and engagement through employee support and training. More information.

Employer of the Day

Hiring Events and Job Fairs (general and customized). More information.

Financial Resources

  • Fidelity Bonding – Business insurance policy for employers who hire and employ high-risk job seekers
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) – Tax credit available to private-for-profit employers who hire from specific targeted groups that have in the past experienced difficulty in securing employment

Government Contracting

Sell your products and services to the local, state and/or federal government. Southwest Michigan PTAC staff can help.


Internship Toolkit / Resources for Employers - tools and templates to assist employers connect with students. 

Literacy in the workplace 

Working Together – A guide for businesses interested in improving the literacy skills of their current and future employees and strengthening adult education services in their communities.

Michigan Business

State resources for entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing businesses.  More information.

Service to help with small business start-ups and growth.

Business Layoffs and Plant Closures

Rapid Response assistance for employers and dislocated workers

Find Talent

Develop, update and deactivate job orders; search resumes for specific selection criteria on Pure Michigan Talent Connect.

Training opportunities and funding

  • On-the-Job Training (OJT) Grant
  • Customized Classroom Training Grants (requires 50% company match)
  • Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) Grant

Unemployment Insurance Agency

Information to help employers manage their Unemplloyment account electronically.

Youth Employment

Employer toolkit for connecting youth and business. 

Employment Research

The W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent research organization devoted to investigating the causes and effects of unemployment, to identifying feasible methods of insuring against unemployment, and to devising ways and means of alleviating the distress and hardship caused by unemployment.