Talent Solutions Playbook

Resources to Establish Talent Pipelines

Employers seeking to enhance their efforts to establish and maintain talent pipelines may find these resources helpful.

TalentFirst Members and Initiatives

Axios HR
The AXIOS HR team provides customized HR solutions to help small and mid-sized companies maximize productivity, strengthen their cultures, find their next hire, or keep up with the latest industry practices and navigate emerging employment issues.

BDO provides knowledge, experience, strategic vision and boots on the ground to help hone leadership skills, improve productivity, acquire and retain talent, reduce administrative burden and minimize risk. They help businesses optimize their workforces and embrace cutting-edge technology to solve industry challenges.

Crowe human capital services (HCS) specialists can help employers recruit and engage qualified, passionate people, train them quickly, compensate them fairly, and embrace cutting-edge technology throughout their operations by sharing expertise to implementing employer-of-choice practices.

DISHER’s Talent Solutions team has become a trusted partner for all things people. From building a healthy culture and recruiting to employee retention and succession planning, DISHER provides a variety of services and training to take your organization to the next level.

Education-to-Employment Partnership
The West Michigan Education-to-Employment Partnership (E2P) is a collaboration between employers, education and training providers, and community organizations to help recent high school graduates, jobseekers, and current employees discover, access, and complete skills-based pathways into high-demand jobs requiring postsecondary training.

EG Workforce Solutions
Through temporary staffing, managed services, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), and other workforce services, EG Workforce Solutions is constantly thinking outside the box to find innovative ways to help employers succeed.

Employers Association (EA) of West Michigan
EA offers comprehensive HR, safety, talent development resources to support your organization’s success throughout the entire talent life cycle. Our resources include timely, regional data, networking, and expert guidance to help you develop and implement effective organizational strategies and navigate complex employer issues.

Express Employment Professionals
Connect with this organization to not only find new talent but to explore the variety of employment services and workforce solutions offered to employers – including trainings and resources to support leadership.

EY People Advisory Services professionals can help employers effectively harness their people agenda as part of an integrated business strategy. This can translate into competitive advantage by helping you get the right people, with the right capabilities, in the right place, for the right cost, doing the right things.

Goodwill Industries 
Goodwill provides a diverse pool of job-ready workers through its numerous work training and job skills programs to meet the needs of area manufacturers, food service providers, retailers, and other businesses — with a 90-day retention support service to ensure successful placement.

Hope Network 
Access a diverse pool of work-ready candidates and remove barriers for your workforce with help from Hope Network’s deep, broad, and connected services.

HR Solutions Group
HR Solutions Group specializes in reducing the complexity and stress of HR for small to mid-sized businesses. Their experienced team can handle your every HR need from complex compliance requirements, hiring, pay and employee relations to long-term HR strategy for culture and human capital performance.

Mixed Staffing & Recruiting
Mixed Staffing & Recruiting offers customized services to help employers recruit diverse, skilled talent through three divisions: Professional, Diversity, and Inclusive Staffing a Recruiting. They also offer diversity, equity, and inclusion training, assessments, and resources to help employers establish and maintain a diverse workforce.

Talent Solutions Toolkit
A digital toolkit designed to support West Michigan HR leaders and DEI practitioners by providing leading practices and resources for small, medium, and large employers across a range of industry sectors.

Rehmann provides a range of services and resources to help employers mitigate HR risk and implement best practices and policies to recruit, retain, and develop talent while embracing cutting-edge technology to streamline processes.

Other Resources

Chamber Partners
Visit this site to connect with your local chamber of commerce or to explore the resources, services, and supports offered in your location.

Getting Talent Back to Work
This free resource from SHRM is a multi-faceted program with the actionable knowledge and tools HR professionals, hiring managers, and front-line supervisors need to attract, hire, and retain people with criminal records.

Greater Muskegon Economic Development
Greater Muskegon Economic Development is the countywide economic development authority providing programs and resources to support employers in Muskegon County.

Hello West Michigan
Hello West Michigan provides access to a pipeline of skilled talent new to the region and resources to keep them employed. The West Michigan Internship Initiative also provides free resources for employers to develop and enhance their internship programs.

Lakeshore Advantage
Lakeshore Advantage provides a variety of programs and resources to support employers in Ottawa and Allegan counties.

Michigan Training Connect
Search for a specific occupation or group of occupations to see all eligible training providers in Michigan, or in your designated geography.

The Right Place
The Right Place provides a variety of resources and programs to support employers in Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana and Mason counties.

Talent Pipeline Management
The TPM Upskill Academy presents a customizable framework to support employers in improving the skills of incumbent employees and preparing them for success in new and changing roles.

Vocational Village
The Vocational Village aims to give prisoners intensive, hands-on job training to prepare them for high-demand careers in 11 vocational trades. Graduates receive a state-issued certification in their chosen field, ACT WorkKeys assessments, and an employment readiness course to prepare them for the workforce.

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