Our Goal is to Provide Career Pathways for Detroiters of all Skill Levels

The Mayor’s Workforce Development Board is specifically focused on providing training and opportunities in targeted industries to ensure residents are ready and able to connect with jobs. To accomplish this the Board is providing career pathways and entry points for Detroiters of all skills levels within five high-growth, high-demand industries:

Construction & Transportation, Energy & Utilities, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Manufacturing

Key Initiatives

Our programs provide career exposure, employment opportunities, skills & occupational training and support services to help job seekers succeed

Detroit at Work

Detroit at Work is a platform that helps jobseekers learn about the training and jobs available in the city and employers find the talent they need to help their business grow.

returning citizens

Our work centers on helping returning citizens and those with criminal records connect with training and and job opportunities. We work with partners to reduce systemic barriers, support in prison training, align community resources and develop job opportunities.

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) is a citywide summer jobs program that trains and employs young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 each summer.

Career and technical education

Through partnership between the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools Community District, Detroit at Work provides industry-standard training in high-wage, high-need occupations for youth and adults at three Career and Technical Centers across the city.

Snap 550 reimbursement program

More than 200,000 Detroiters receive food assistance under the federal SNAP program. Under the SNAP E&T Program, the USDA provides a 50% match for the cost of skills & occupational training, adult foundational education, work experience or support services that will lead to new or better employment for SNAP participants.

Healthcare training program

The award-winning Patient Care Associate training program was created in collaboration with the city’s three biggest healthcare systems, Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System and St. John Providence to train Detroiters for this in-demand role.

Our strategy to increase residential employment in Detroit centers on aligning resources around integrated services and strategies, while systematically removing barriers and moving more Detroiters out of poverty.