EV Jobs Academy
Led by the Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement (MAGMA), the EV Jobs Academy is an employer-led collaborative comprised of over 100 stakeholder partners to identify the electrified vehicle and mobility-related occupational skill needs in the automotive mobility and electrification industry while developing and scaling postsecondary credentialing programs utilizing a turn-key online shared learning platform for MODAC’s 32 colleges and universities statewide. The collaborative represents private and public sectors developing data-driven talent pipeline solutions for the automotive mobility and electrification industries and is on the same five-year timeline as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Click here to view a flowchart of all EV Jobs Academy partners and stakeholders.
The EV Jobs Academy recognized curriculum reflects the employer-validated skills and knowledge for the top ten occupations. Employers vet and advise on new curricula including the delivery and flexibility to upskill employees. This curriculum is then shared on the Michigan Workforce Training and Education Collaborative website and can be found by clicking here; scroll down to the TUITION SUPPORT section.
The Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) is working closely with EV Jobs Academy to maximize resources and work with common partners (Michigan Works! Agencies) to better understand labor needs and create seamless skill-building opportunities to develop suites of business- and talent-facing services supporting the growth and development of new and existing talent across the region’s broad network of talent service providers. SEMCA Michigan Works! is the common administrator/coordinator for both GEM and the EV Jobs Academy initiatives. To learn more about the GEM & EV Jobs Academy partnership, click here (PPT).
Interested in learning more? Complete the online contact form, and a local EV Jobs Academy partner will contact you to join the collaborative and/or connect you with a local Michigan Works! Agency for career seeker tuition support and training reimbursement funds for an employer.
The EV Jobs Academy grant was awarded by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment & Training and and Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) in 2022.
SEVEN COLLABORATIVES WORKING TOGETHER
Developed by WIN Executive Director Michele Economou Ureste, the EV Jobs Academy Strategy includes seven employer-led collaboratives working together to strengthen and upskill Michigan’s EV and Mobility workforce.
Mobility Talent, Defense and Outdoor Recreation Vehicles, Smart Cities and Communities Fleet (SC2FC) collaboratives are supported by Research, Recruitment, and the Education and Training Academy project teams developing outreach strategies and comprehensive asset maps of scalable training to build the talent pool of technicians and engineers required to develop and repair electrified vehicles.
The EV Jobs Academy collaboratives and project teams include:
- Full collaborative led by Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement (MAGMA) and the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO).
- Southeast Michigan Mobility Talent collaborative led by the Detroit Chamber of Commerce and MICHauto.
- Defense and Outdoor Recreation Vehicles collaborative led by the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) with support from Michigan Technological University and UP Michigan Works!
- Smart Cities and Communities Fleet (SC2FC) collaborative led by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).
- EV Jobs Academy Education & Training project team facilitated and sector strategy development from leading experts including the MAGMA Governing Board member from the Center for Advanced Automotive Transportation (CAAT), Michigan Occupational Deans Administrative Council (MODAC), Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA), Michigan Tech University (MTU), and WIN community college partners with support from the SEMCA WIN Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI). The recognized curriculum will be posted on the Michigan Workforce Training and Education Collaborative website.
- Research project team led by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), WIN Research & Data Team, W.E. UpJohn Institute For Employment Research, and Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).
- Outreach and Recruitment project team led by the WIN Board of Directors and Wayne County College Access Network (WCCAN).
Industry stakeholders, employers, and education partners are the driving force to building this highly-charged collaboration. To be successful, WIN is inviting all mobility sector and industry leaders to participate in the EV Jobs Academy initiative by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How can K-12 schools and students be engaged?
Attend an EV Jobs Academy meeting to learn what the project teams are working on,
- Invite EV Jobs Academy partners to speak with students about in-demand jobs since the skills and knowledge crosswalk into multiple careers from engineering to software developers and more,
- Tour labs and host job shadow opportunities
- Sign up to attend MiCareer Quest and Auto STEAM events that offer hands-on opportunities for youth and families to explore in-demand careers
Please note, that the EV Jobs Academy is not a brick and motor building but works closely with more than 25 training providers and 30+ employers who are seeking to upskill and train talent in the ev and mobility industry, which is recognized in more than 100 programs across the upper and lower peninsuls in Michigan.