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 & Infrastructure, Healthcare, IT & Professional Services, Manufacturing & Mobility, and Small Business

Key Initiatives

Our programs provide career exposure, employment opportunities, skills & occupational training and support services to help jobseekers 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.

Through targeted relationship building, industry councils, and strategy partnerships, we are empowering employers with the resources and guidance they need to develop inclusive and successful talent strategies and using their knowledge to drive our investments in Detroit’s workforce.

Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation has restructured its training investments to require employer partnerships with training providers and prioritize training programs with pathways to careers in high-growth industries paying family-sustaining wages as identified by the Mayor’s Workforce Development Board.

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.

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.

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.