News and Analysis
Priority legislation was introduced in the House this week to establish and fund three new workforce development programs. House Bill 2 would complement the OMA’s workforce development strategy with a heavy focus on industry sector partnerships and industry recognized credentials.
The legislation would provide $32.5 million in state funding in FY 2020 and FY 2021 for the three programs. The following is a breakdown of the bill’s program spending:
- TechCred Program — $15 million a year ($14.7 million for employer assistance and $300,000 for administrative costs) to reimburse employers for training current or prospective employees who receive a micro-credential.
- Individual Micro-Credential Assistance Program — $15 million a year ($14.7 million for employer assistance and $300,000 for administrative costs) to provide grants to individuals to pay for the costs of training to earn a micro-credential.
- Industry Sector Partnerships Program — $2.5 million a year to support regional partnerships across the state, including a grant program to develop the partnerships and promote their mission.
See the full summary of HB 2 here. 5/16/2019
Last week, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who also serves as the director of the governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, led a state-wide tour for In-Demand Jobs Week. Among the nearly 400 events held across the state was a groundbreaking ceremony for the Miami Valley Career Technical Center. The new building will provide additional learning space for approximately 1,800 juniors and seniors. Over the years, MVCTC has evolved into a nationally recognized leader in career technical education. 5/15/2019
Today concludes In-Demand Jobs Week. Throughout the past five days, significant news media coverage has been dedicated to this statewide recognition of jobs and skills currently needed by Ohio employers, including the state’s more than 12,600 manufacturing firms.
One of the notable stories was published by Gallipolis Daily Tribune, which reported from Rio Grande — where the Buckeye Hills Career Center celebrated the center’s first Career Signing Day, attended by Lt. Gov. John Husted. The center’s superintendent, Jamie Nash, is quoted as saying that 66% of Ohio’s in-demand jobs don’t require a degree. Nash added that despite the center’s rural location, “around 500 students attend the career center and 600 are slated to attend next year.” 5/9/2019
On Wednesday, May 29, the OMA will host a webinar dedicated to providing information on funding solutions for industry sector partnerships. In Ohio, multiple industry sector partnerships are helping build the state’s workforce and future talent pool by allowing manufacturers within a regional labor market to work together — and with officials in education, economic and workforce development, and community organizations.
The goal of this webinar is to help industry sector partnerships best position their organizations to build relationships with — and to qualify to receive resources from — philanthropic and other funding organizations and sources. Click here to learn more about this event, or register online now. 5/9/2019
Following last week’s jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department, the OMA’s national partner — The National Association of Manufacturers — has summarized the data for the country’s manufacturing sector.
NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray said there were 476,000 manufacturing job openings across the U.S. in March, with durable goods postings hitting an all-time high. According to Moutray, “Overall, job openings in the sector were not far from the 501,000 seen late last year. … The number of quits in the manufacturing sector increased from 211,000 to 221,000 for the month. That was not far from November’s record high (226,000), and it speaks to the ‘churn’ in the tight labor market right now.” 5/9/2019
Ohio has experienced a sizable expansion in manufacturing employment since emerging from the depths of the last recession. Over the past nine years, the number of Ohio manufacturing jobs has jumped by more than 14% (about 87,500 jobs).
Federal data show the Buckeye State had approximately 613,800 manufacturing positions in March 2010, when U.S. financial markets hit their lowest point for the recessionary period between fall 2007 and summer 2009. Nine years later, in March 2019, Ohio had roughly 701,300 manufacturing jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 4/29/2019
When the House unveiled the state budget sub-bill (HB 166) this week, the Manufacturing Mentorship Program — as proposed by the DeWine administration — was still intact. The program would allow 16- and 17-year old students to work part-time in a manufacturing facility under the guidance of a “mentor.” This would allow certain minors who are not part of a “bona fide educational program” to gain exposure to manufacturing careers while in high school.
The House will continue its budget deliberations over the next week. 5/2/2019
In-Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. In-Demand Jobs Week occurs during the first full week in May — this year, May 6-10. Leaders statewide are encouraged to plan events and activities that will inspire excitement and create awareness among students and job seekers. Let us know your plans and send us your pictures. #InDemandOhio 4/22/2019
Earlier this month, OhioMeansJobs.com unveiled several enhanced features to make employers’ searches for qualified candidates easier and more effective. Administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), the website offers employers “millions of resumes with advanced filtering tools that make it easy to identify the most promising candidates.”
According to the agency, employers will now be able to save and re-post job openings with just a few clicks. In addition, users will be able to access a library of pre-written job descriptions; set up automatic questions to screen applicants; and view metrics of their searches and posts via a new dashboard feature. The services offered by OhioMeansJobs.com are free. 4/22/2019
There is a common misconception that manufacturers cannot hire 16- and 17-year-olds. With summer approaching, the OMA wants to shed light on this subject.
Currently, students ages 16 and 17 can work in the manufacturing sector if they are part of a “bona fide educational program.” Ohio’s Career and Technical Center programs are typically bona fide — and other school programs can apply through the Ohio Department of Education. This means several exemptions apply to minor student learners and employers who are participating in a work-based learning experience.
For an overview of federal and Ohio labor laws as they apply to employees under the age of 18, click here. Also, this presentation offers a summary of Ohio’s high school apprenticeship programs for interested employers. 4/22/2019