Our Talent & Workforce Services
Our Talent services include programs that build internship programs, connect employers to specialized talent, and attract young, smart, and global talent to Michigan. Here are a few examples.
In-House Legal Counsel Needs Assessment:
Evaluating In-House Legal Counsel Needs and Processes
When companies or governmental units grow in size or complexity, rather than send all of their legal work to outside law firms, they often consider bringing their own lawyers on staff to handle some or all legal issues and represent the organization's legal interests. Prima Civitas is experienced in evaluating the need, processes and cost-effectiveness of in-house legal counsel, as well as the need for and expenditure on outside legal firms. Contact Jim Smiertka for information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Jackson Anchor Initiative
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gathering, Analyzing and Implementing Stakeholder Feedback:
Leveraging Opportunities in the Agricultural Talent Pipeline
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has engaged Prima Civitas to identify barriers within the agricultural talent pipeline for small and mid-sized farms; develop a marketing strategy; and create a comprehensive toolkit for employers, educational entities and talent. The project will involve gathering stakeholder feedback from farmers, business, talent, government and education, and engaging populations historically underexposed to agribusiness. For information, please contact Mary ZumBrunnen at email@example.com.
Job Creation through Food Hubs:
Saginaw County Food Access
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. 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. See more detail under Regional Development. Contact Mary ZumBrunnen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We also offer an extensive list of links to Employer Internship Resources. For more information, please contact Mary ZumBrunnen at email@example.com.
Supporting Community Colleges in Global Talent Initiatives:
Prima Civitas partnered with the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) in 2013 to create the Center for Global Initiatives, now called Gateway Michigan. The initiative supports the state’s 28 community colleges as they begin or expand their global initiatives. They range from on-campus activities that support international students, to vocational training programs for global projects, both on- and off-campus. Prima Civitas will continue to connect interested community colleges with projects that come about, using Gateway Michigan as a mechanism to gather interested parties and to match the global demand for education and training. For information contact Arnold.Weinfeld@primacivitas.org
Introducing Students to STEM Career Possibilities:
Bioiesel Fuel Scale-Up Project:
We are partnering with the MSU Bioeconomy Institute to enable high school students to experience a hands-on "green" chemical process for classroom through production. Read a detailed article under Innovation & Emerging Markets. For more information, contact Arnold.Weinfeld@primacivitas.org.
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.