Workforce Development Institute


The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established and operated to provide employment and training services to unemployed and underemployed Michigan residents. WDI has successfully operated publicly funded employment and training programs in Michigan for over 40 years.

WDI’s primary source of support is the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) which makes funds available – though the State of Michigan and Local Michigan Works! Agencies – to provide job training, job placement and related services to displaced workers and economically disadvantaged youth and adults and welfare recipients. Michigan WDI contracts with these entities to provide direct services to eligible Michigan residents. Michigan WDI also receives funding from grants from the State of Michigan to provide Health and Safety programs, as well as coordination for IMT Apprenticeships, classroom training for Pre-Apprenticeship training. WDI also holds the standards and training for the Workforce Development Specialist Apprenticeship.



Access for All

Michigan WDI administers the Access for All program in partnership with the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Regional Workforce Fund and DESC. Access for All is a 13-week training program designed to assist the student in increasing their math skills, developing teamwork and work readiness skills to prepare City of Detroit residents for application into one of the Building Trades Apprenticeship programs.

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Vision for Prosperity

Vision for Prosperity is an apprenticeship readiness training program developed with support from the building trades to help Kalamazoo County residents qualify for training and employment opportunities in the construction industry. This program was developed in partnership with LISC, United Way Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, Michigan Works Southwest, KRESA and The West Michigan Construction Alliance.

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Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship

The IMT hybrid registered apprenticeship provides production workers with the knowledge and competencies needed in the advanced manufacturing environment. The 18-month or 3,000-hour apprenticeship trains workers to: Set up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment. Help improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements. Understand manufacturing as a business system that integrates multiple disciplines, processes, and stakeholders. Efficiently and safely manage time and materials.

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Workforce Development Specialist Apprenticeship

The WFD Specialist is a time-based registered apprenticeship that provides staff working in the public workforce system and other training agencies with the knowledge and the competencies needed to provide direction to those seeking services.

The 12-month or 2,000-hour apprenticeship trains staff to:

  • Aid within a Helping Relationship that enhances the Career Development Services for all clients
  • Develops Project Management Coordination and Skills
  • Understand the Ethics and Scope of Practice for staff in the delivery of services
  • Develop effective communication strategies tailored to the specific audience and the use of required Information Technology


Download the 2020 Workforce Development Institute Profile Book here.