News and Analysis
This week, the Ohio Senate approved House Bill 2, legislation that would provide funding for the new TechCred program and industry sector partnerships.
However, HB 2 heads to conference committee with members of the House and Senate holding differing opinions on the Individual Micro-Credential Assistance Program, which is designed to reimburse training providers. It’s anticipated the House will reject the Senate amendments to the bill, thereby setting up House-Senate negotiations during the final weeks of the session.
This delay will push back the availability of funds to qualified industry sector partnerships. 11/14/2019
Just a few weeks ago, more than 500 individuals from across Ohio took part in the OMA’s third annual Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit in Columbus. Now you can see photos from the event posted on the OMA’s Workforce Services page. 11/11/2019
Here’s a new case study that spotlights the partnership between the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA) and Dayton’s Stebbins High School. Together, the organizations raised student awareness of manufacturing careers by hosting Manufacturing Night during a recent football game. The event featured Making Ohio T-shirts, manufacturing facts on the scoreboard, and the announcement of an $8,000 scholarship fund. (Making Ohio is a brand and campaign launched by the OMA to promote careers in manufacturing.)
This is a good example of local leadership working together to recruit talent into manufacturing. If you’re interested in using the Making Ohio brand for your recruiting efforts, contact your local sector partnership or OMA staff. 11/5/2019
After several hearings and an omnibus amendment, the Senate Finance Committee this week advanced House Bill 2. The bill, which provides funding for the TechCred program and industry sector partnerships, moved unanimously from committee.
Prior to committee passage, members accepted an omnibus amendment that made numerous changes to the more controversial Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP).
Another change made by the committee — this one championed by the OMA — replaced the term “regional sector partnership” with “sector partnership network.” This clarifies that partnerships can work together to receive grant funding. HB 2 was scheduled to be voted on the Senate floor earlier this week; however, one of the bill’s sponsors had the vote delayed for a possible last-minute amendment, according to news reports. 11/7/2019
This week, more than 525 individuals from across Ohio took part in the OMA’s third annual Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus. See photos from the summit here.
Participants were provided new information about Ohio’s existing workforce development efforts, as well as updated details about plans to create 5,000 apprenticeships statewide over the next four years. Individual breakout sessions — presented by workforce experts — shared strategies and best practices to grow manufacturing talent at the local level.
Other highlights included a keynote address by Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik, as well as informative presentations on industry sector partnerships, automation and robotics, and how to engage non-traditional populations in manufacturing career pathways. See the summit welcome video from Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. 10/30/2019
On Oct. 30, the OMA’s Joint Workforce Committee met to review current efforts to grow and enhance Ohio’s manufacturing talent pool. Led by Scot McLemore — manager of talent acquisition and deployment at Honda North America — the meeting brought together members of OMA’s Workforce Leadership Committee, regional industry sector partnership leaders, and key personnel from state government.
The prevailing theme of the meeting was the systems change taking place in the way Ohio builds its manufacturing workforce. This is being done through several initiatives, including expanded use of industry recognized credentials and “learn and earn” programs. To ensure the success of this effort, Ohio’s manufacturers must get involved with their local sector partnership. To get involved, email email@example.com. 10/30/2019
National Apprenticeship Week is Nov. 11-17. Intended to bring together leaders in business, labor, education and other fields to showcase the positive impact that apprenticeships have on addressing the skills gap, this event gives manufacturers another opportunity to host an event — such as an apprenticeship graduation, open house or career fair. Register your event today. 10/31/2019
In September, Ohio’s overall jobless rate was 4.2%, but unemployment varied significantly among the 88 counties. According to the monthly map published by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Monroe County had the state’s highest estimated unemployment rate at 6.9%, followed by Meigs County at 6.2%. Meanwhile, Mercer County claimed the lowest rate at 2.8%. Auglaize, Putnam, Wyandot, Hancock, and Holmes counties were also under 3.4%. See county-by-county details here. 10/30/2019
This week, the OMA hosted a high energy meeting of industry experts to discuss the role of automation and robotics as key drivers of Ohio’s economy and industrial base. This subject has captured the attention of the DeWine-Husted administration, especially in its workforce development efforts.
The OMA has worked to establish a process to engage automation and robotics leadership — including equipment manufacturers and manufacturers who are their customers — to develop best practices and identify potential strategies that can accelerate the adoption of these technologies in Ohio. 10/24/2019
It was reported late last week that Ohio lost 1,500 jobs in September as the unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.2%, up from 4.1% in August. This as the U.S. jobless rate fell to 3.5%. Key points from the latest unemployment report include:
- Ohio was just one of four states in which the unemployment rate increased.
- The most job losses were state government (-1,800), construction (-1,700), and manufacturing (-1,400). Manufacturing still supplies more than 700,000 jobs in Ohio.
- There were 243,000 unemployed individuals across Ohio. (Of course, the unemployment rate is different from Ohio’s labor force participation rate.)
Despite the uptick, the state’s September unemployment rate was still better than the 4.6% from a year earlier. 10/21/2019