hundred skilled workers have gone through the program so far, he said. Now the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth is talking to battery manufacturing companies setting up in the state about training workers, he said.
Michigan has aggressively sought funding for training efforts, Mr. Levin said. The state won a $5.8 million training grant for the energy sector. He praised the MEDC for “developing the strategy for putting Michigan at the center of this electrification push.”
Mr. Levin said he wants companies in the electric vehicle industry “to know how much of the workforce capacity of the state is at the disposal of this effort.” The state wants employers “to come to the table to work with each other and figure out whether there is a baseline of training we need for our workers in the same market,” he said. “That is what we have been doing, and we want to keep doing with you all.”
Mr. Levin said he is glad the National Academies chose Michigan for this symposium. “I also am glad to see how far we have come and to see that people are really pushing through these discussions about how to grow this industry quickly and how to make this a real driver of Michigan’s economic resurgence,” he said.