Two longtime auto industry rivals have joined forces to help train the workforce that will eventually build next-generation vehicles.
General Motors and Ford are among the companies, universities, and state agencies that comprise Michigan’s new Talent Action Team.
Michigan officials said the new initiative targeting the electric vehicle and mobility sector is the largest nationwide.
The state hopes to train thousands of workers through professional development programs in the first year.
A new scholarship program, meanwhile, would target top tech students at the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Michigan Tech.
As many as 350 students would be required to commit to at least 12 months working at a participating Michigan company.
In addition to two of Detroit’s “Big Three,” the program includes Toyota, auto parts companies and battery developers.
Michigan officials say the shift to EVs could create up to 300,000 good-paying jobs in the Great Lakes State by 2030.
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