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The Program

Fast Track is a 4-month program that offers participants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a work-based learning model. This collaboration between the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council and the Michigan AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute (WDI) pairs students with subcontractors who are part of major building projects within the city of Detroit participants spend 40 hours per week on site, receive a stipend based on $18 an hour, gain hands-on mentorship support, and a proactive learning experience from trade contractors.

The Purpose:

  • Ensure a connection between contractors And Trades with the next generation of pre-qualified local candidates, improving the Dropout rate, closing the skills gap, and building a more diverse and sustainable workforce. 
  • Build upon existing training programs and connect community initiatives to enhance work-readiness skills, construction education, and develop real-world experience.
  • Support participants with work-based learning opportunities to enhance their skills in the trades and give them a better understanding of the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.
  • Nurture participants to be successful in their future careers, assist them with applications for full-time positions and registered apprenticeships, and help them retain long-term construction careers.

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Our mission is to combat economic and environmental injustice by connecting the unemployed or underemployed with the training and resources necessary to find gainful employment and transition Michigan to a cleaner, greener economy.

The Michigan Workforce Development Institute is affiliated with the Michigan State AFL-CIO.

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