Our Talent & Workforce Services
Our Talent services include programs that build internship programs, connect employers to specialized talent, improve HR functions, and attract young, smart, and global talent back to Michigan.
Trailing Partners Services:
Finding Opportunities that Fit Your Job Candidate's Spouse or Partner
As higher education institutions and other organizations compete for high-level talent from around the globe, a barrier they often face is identifying opportunitiesfor the candidate’s partner. As a statewide organization, Prima Civitas is positioned to assist those organizations by focusing on finding a good fit for that secondary candidate, the significant other. We offer technical assistance, job search strategies, and make direct connections with hiring organizations. We also develop cultural adaptation plans, as needed. For information, please contact Mary ZumBrunnen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bringing Talent to Downtown
The Jackson Anchor Initiative is working with Prima Civitas to develop a pilot for placing 45 experiential work-education cooperative learning agreements within the Jackson area as a business development and downtown revitalization strategy. In partnership with 24 businesses, area housing facilities and local educational entities, Prima Civitas is working to address the culture of "brain drain" and bring new millennial talent to the Jackson area. For information, please contact Mary ZumBrunnen at email@example.com.
Saginaw County Food Access:
Job Creation through Food Hubs
Prima Civitas is working with SVRC Industries, Inc, to conduct two feasibility studies gauging the economic benefits of Downtown Saginaw Farm Market relocation and expansions, as well as food hub creation to spur local aggregation and distribution. Within Saginaw County, more than 1,300 farms are utilizing more than 300,000 acres of land. However, within this region, there is a lack of local purchasing channels and food access. Funding is being pursued for new market studies to increase local specialty crop sales to institutional, wholesale and retail buyers. Downtown Saginaw Farm Market relocation and food hub development will directly result in employment creation and is an innovative business solution addressing community health, employment creation, agribusiness profitability and food security. Contact Mary ZumBrunnen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michigan Internship Initiative:
Helping Employers Develop Effective Internship Programs
Internships are a cost-effective recruiting tool that an assist with creating a talent pipeline. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers surveyed in 2014 reported that 51.2% of internships converted to full-time employment opportunities. Would you like to develop or expand your organization's internship program? Our free Employer Internship Toolkit is available to download. Find the link at left. For more information, please contact Mary ZumBrunnen at email@example.com.
Our Talent & Workforce Successes
Telamon Corporation Internship Program
Prima Civitas developed an internship program for Telamon for its National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP). NFJP is designed to break the poverty cycle for individuals who come from families with migrant farmworker backgrounds. The participants receive funding support for school and housing, and they receive wages for an internship. Prima Civitas built comprehensive training programs and manuals for the participants, case managers and employers. Telamon continues to use Prima Civitas as a resource.
"Prima Civitas helped us construct an internship program for our clients that provides real world experience that relates directly to their training program. It has been gaining momentum not only with clients, but with employers who benefit from this experience, as well.”
—Don Kuchnicki, State Director, Telemon Corporation
Organized by Prima Civitas, Michigan State University (MSU), the MSU Alumni Association, the MSU Alumni Club of Metro Chicago, MSU Athletics, the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), and the eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the Spartan Llne provided a unique Amtrak train experience for Chicago-area MSU alumni, and showcased economic growth in the greater Lansing area.
For its inaugural event in Nov. 2012, nearly 60 participants rode the Spartan Line train and participated in weekend events including a Spartan football game and the opening of the internationally-renowned Broad Museum. Due to the success of the November event, Spartan Line organizers are planning future events.
Capital Area Healthcare Education Partnership (CAHEP)
Administered by PC and funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CAHEP was a unique collaboration of area healthcare educators and stakeholders who were interested in educating high school juniors and seniors in healthcare-related careers. CAHEP served 41 students with classroom and clinical experiences at several hospitals and healthcare provider sites throughout Greater Lansing.
"I've learned all the different kinds of careers you can go into. I've learned all the different things you can do to help people...and what people really want out of a healthcare worker."
- Devin, a CAHEP participant
Collaborative, Accelerated Recruitment & Training (CART) in Marlette
In early 2011, members of an informal agriculture business group in the Thumb expressed the need for confined space rescue training, specifically for silos. Working through Thumbworks!, we quickly deployed the CART process. We connected knowledge partners from Michigan State University (MSU) - specifically from the School of Criminal Justice with ThumbWorks! staff, and together they quickly customized existing confined space training curriculum to meet the demands of the agri-business. After the confined space and rescue training, MSU generously volunteered to provide the same training exclusively for emergency responders including police, fire and rescue, and EMT.
Mid-Michigan Partnership for Training in Healthcare (M-PaTH)
Led and managed by Prima Civitas, M-PaTH was a 3-year, $2 million Federal grant that aimed to train 400 dislocated workers for new careers in the healthcare sector. With partners Greater Flint Health Coalition, Baker College, Mott Community College, Lansing Community College, and Thumbworks!, 439 participants were trained – 39 above and beyond the goal. At the grant’s conclusion in 2011, 150 M-PaTH graduates had secured employment.
Employers can post openings and workforce/job seekers can search for opportunities.
Prima Civitas collaborates with Michigan Works! Agencies throughout the state on various talent initiatives. We encourage job seekers to first check with their local Michigan Works! Agencies for available training and employment opportunities.
Formerly known as Pink Slip Mid-Michigan, Mid-Michigan Talent Connection events are networking opportunities for job seekers and employers. For information, visit MMTC's Facebook page, and Find Mid-Michigan Talent Connection on LinkedIn. To access Greater-Lansing employer and job seeker resources, click here.
We collaborate with HWM on the free, downloadable Employer Internship Toolkit. Link at left.