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A Plan to Boost Ohio’s Manufacturing Workforce

September 13, 2019

In a guest column published this week by and The Plain Dealer, OMA President Eric Burkland and MAGNET President and CEO Ethan Karp described their comprehensive plan for boosting manufacturing employment, training, and apprenticeships in Ohio.

Key pillars of the plan include growing Ohio’s regional sector partnerships; boosting earning-while-learning opportunities; introducing more K-12 students to manufacturing; and expanding use of industry-recognized credentials. These strategies will be covered in depth at the OMA’s Oct. 29 Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit in Columbus.

If you have questions about the OMA’s scaling apprenticeship efforts in coordination with OhioTechNet and Ohio’s numerous regional sector partnerships, e-mail the OMA workforce team. 9/11/2019

Additions to Ohio’s Industry-Recognized Credentials

September 13, 2019

The Ohio Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation have announced additions to Ohio’s Industry-Recognized Credentials List. An industry-recognized credential is third-party verification of an individual’s qualifications or competence in specific skill sets.

In manufacturing, the following credentials have been added:

  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS): Basic Hydraulic Systems, Basic Mechanical Systems, Basic Pneumatic Systems.
  • Fuji Automatic Numerical Control (FANUC) Certified Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining Center Programming, Setup, and Operation.
  • FANUC Certified CNC Turning Center Programming, Setup, and Operation.
  • NIMS: Electrical Systems, Electronic Control Systems, and Process Control Systems.
  • NIMS: Maintenance Operations, Maintenance Piping, Maintenance Welding.
  • IPC Association Connecting Electronics.
  • American Welding Society Welder Qualification.

An updated FY2020 Industry Recognized Credentials list is expected to be posted soon. 9/9/2019

Ohio Leads Nation with More Than 150 MFG Day Events

September 13, 2019


When it comes to Manufacturing Day, Ohio means business. At last check, the Buckeye State led the nation with an impressive 151 MFG Day events.

The OMA encourages manufacturers to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. Then promote your event! There’s still time to register your company as a host. While MFG Day is officially Oct. 4, you can schedule an event on any day that best fits your schedule. 9/12/2019




Say Cheese! OMA Wants Your Manufacturing Pics

September 6, 2019

The OMA often needs great photos that showcase Ohio’s manufacturing settings — for example, to promote our upcoming Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit set for Oct. 29.

If you have photos you’re able to share, please send them our way. We especially love photos of students in your facility, as well as shots of high-demand occupations, including welding, machining, industrial maintenance, robotics, and automation.

We have a few tips, but are open to your discretion. Horizontal photos are best, sized to 1024 x 768 pixels, or 1400 x 1050 pixels, while .png or .jpg image files are preferred. Send them via email to this inbox. 9/3/2019

Apprenticeship Webinar Set for Wednesday, Sept. 11

September 6, 2019

This Wednesday, Sept. 11, the OMA will host a special webinar to spotlight “earn-and-learn” programs and expanded apprenticeship models that can help address today’s workforce challenges.

As we’ve previously reported, the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP) — led by the OMA and Ohio TechNet — was recently awarded a $12 million U.S. Department of Labor grant as part of an effort to expand the use of apprenticeships in key industry sectors. This webinar will provide insight into how industry-led sector partnerships will be the system for achieving apprenticeship expansion goals, while also providing an overview of the required components of OMWP apprenticeships. In addition, the webinar will present how national partners will provide technical assistance and third-party validation and certification of local apprenticeship programs.

To register, call (800) 662-4463 or click here. 9/4/2019

Still Time to Take Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Survey

September 6, 2019

InnovateOhio and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation are still gathering feedback ahead of the creation of the state’s new In-Demand Jobs list. The survey is open through September and can be found here.

Survey results will shape the new in-demand jobs list, which will be published at the end of 2019 to help training providers, educators, and workforce professionals learn the hiring needs of Ohio employers. 9/3/2019

Certificates, Licenses Boost Workforce Participation

September 6, 2019

Manufacturers have long known the value of skills certification. Now here’s more proof. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that labor force participation rates are substantially higher for people who have a professional certification or occupational license compared to those without such credentials.

In 2018, the U.S. workforce participation rate was 87.7% for workers who had such credentials, compared with 57.8% for those without. Those with certifications or licenses had higher participation rates, regardless of education level. See the BLS chart for the comparisons. 9/5/2019

New Documentary Spotlights Ohio’s Career-Tech Education

August 30, 2019

It’s estimated that only 40% of Ohioans are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow — including jobs in manufacturing. That’s why on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. (EDT), Ohio’s public television stations will showcase our state’s vibrant career-tech learning community in a new documentary, The Career Path Less Taken. The program provides a look at Ohio’s innovative career-tech education programs (CTE) that are preparing young people for in-demand jobs. It also challenges traditional notions of success by demonstrating there are many pathways to skilled jobs that do not require a four-year college degree.

If you don’t want to wait until Sept. 5, watch a short preview or the full 27-minute documentary online. 8/29/2019

Ohio’s Unemployment Rates by County

August 30, 2019

In July, the unemployment rate rose in 87 Ohio counties and dropped in one, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. This despite the state’s overall jobless rate remaining at 4%.

Monroe County had the highest unemployment rate, at 7.5%, with Athens, Meigs, Adams, Scioto, Huron, and Trumbull counties also at or above 6.5%. Mercer County, at 2.9%, had the lowest rate. Wyandot, Auglaize, Putnam, and Holmes counties were also at or below 3.5%. See the county unemployment rate map. 8/26/2019

Cleveland Area’s MAGNET Launches its Industry Sector Partnership

August 23, 2019

This week, Cleveland-area manufacturers — led by the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) — announced a plan to hire 3,000 people over three years to help close the skills gap. MAGNET is part of the OMA’s statewide network of regional sector partnerships.

The plan aims to make Greater Cleveland the nation’s “manufacturing capital,” according to a article. MAGNET research shows that between 1,500 and 2,000 manufacturing jobs currently go unfilled in Cuyahoga County, even as 60% of local manufacturers say they would expand faster if they could hire more skilled workers.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted posted this video to commend the partnership on their workforce efforts. 8/21/2019