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Workforce Development Programs and Services

If you are an employer looking for workers, Oakland County has nine electronically linked career centers to serve you. This countywide Workforce Development System opens the door for thousands of employers as it provides convenient one-stop access to job training programs and services.

Statewide Talent Bank

Post job orders and view resumes in Michigan's Job and Talent Banks 

Labor Exchange

Whether you need entry-level, technical, or management personnel, our qualified staff can assist with the matching and job placement process.  Before you hire, call for information on employee tax credits and work force training funds.

HR Resources

State and federally generated labor market data and information on workplace safety and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  We can provide private interviewing and applicant testing rooms.


If your company is facing layoffs or plant closures, Oakland County Michigan Works! can offer assistance with resumes, career planning and job placement.

Workforce Development & Job Training

The Workforce Development Division is part of the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. It administers the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and other employment and training programs for Oakland County Michigan Works! Agencies (MWA) under the joint policy direction of the Workforce Development Board and the Oakland County executive.

The (WIA) establishes programs to prepare adults, youth, dislocated workers, displaced homemakers and the economically disadvantaged for participation in the labor force.

Training Activities

  •  Classroom Training (CT) involves basic skills training (e.g. reading, writing, and computation), occupational skills training, or a combination of the two. CT is usually conducted in a school-like setting and provides the academic and/or technical competence required for a particular type of job.
  • Work Experience (WE) is short-term subsidized employment in the public sector that helps participants enter or re-enter the labor force. WE participants include adults who have been out of the labor force for an extended period, and youth.
  • Basic Skills Training (BST) is designed to enhance the employability of participants by providing them with training in reading comprehension, math, writing, speaking, listening, problem solving, and reasoning. Basic Skills Training also develops the participant's capacity to use these skills in the workplace.
  • Job Search Assistance (JSA), which includes job search skills training and job club activities, helps the participant acquire full time employment. JSA services include resume writing, interviewing skills, labor market guidance, telephone techniques, information on job openings, and job acquisition strategies.
  • Incumbent Worker Program (IWP) In addition, Workforce Development coordinates The Incumbent Worker Program, which provides access to job training funds for existing employees to avert layoffs when grant funding is available. 

The Oakland County MI Works! Agencies (MWA)

Each of the training activities is available at all of the Oakland County MWA's nine Career Centers, which the Workforce Development Board and the County Executive established in 1994. These centers operate all of the Board's programs according to a rigorous and uniform set of standards.