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Editorial: The Battle for Manufacturing Talent

November 22, 2022

In an editorial published by IndustryWeek, Ethan Karp — president and CEO of OMA Connections Partner MAGNET — has shared three innovative ways that manufacturers are supercharging their talent funnels.

Karp examines successful approaches to developing an in-house training academy; hiring people who were previously incarcerated; and getting young people to choose careers in manufacturing. Read Karp’s editorial. 11/22/2022

Bill Would Restructure Ohio Education Department

November 22, 2022

During the General Assembly’s lame-duck session, legislation is being considered to redesign the Ohio Department of Education. As reported by Gongwer News Service, Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) intends to bring Senate Bill 178 to a vote after Thanksgiving.

The bill would create a Department of Education and Workforce, which would have two divisions — one to focus on traditional K-12 and another to oversee career-technical education. SB 178 would also create a cabinet-level director appointed by the governor. Deputy directors of the divisions would sit on the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board. 11/21/2022

Connecting Young Ohioans to Debt-Free Careers

November 18, 2022

Two decades after enrolling in college, half of all former students still owe $20,000 in student loans, according to financial advisor Ric Edelman. At the same time, more than 70% of young adults say higher education has inadequately prepared them for the workforce — and 54% of Gen Z (ages 18-25) is living with their parents.

Meanwhile, U.S. manufacturing had added 367,000 new jobs year-to-date through October — creating more opportunity for individuals to get real-world training without loans or out-of-pocket expenses.

As National Apprenticeship Week concludes, check out the earn-and-learn resources at, created to spur interest in manufacturing careers. The site includes this page to connect young people and career-switchers to local or regional earn-and-learn opportunities. 11/17/2022

Husted: Earn-and-Learn Is the New Model

November 18, 2022

This week, Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was interviewed on Columbus’ 610 AM to discuss the DeWine-Husted administration’s second-term agenda. His comments were focused on workforce development and apprenticeships.

Husted called earn-and-learn the “new model” that is replacing the decades-old belief that everyone needs to go to college. Hear the entire interview.

The ApprenticeOhio website offers information for employers, including details on the state’s incentive program that reimburses employers for registered apprenticeships. (Applications for the current round of the program are due Dec. 31.) 11/15/2022

Manufacturing Institute’s Virtual D+I Summit Is Dec. 16

November 18, 2022

The Manufacturing Institute will host a virtual diversity and inclusion (D+I) summit on Dec. 16. The event will showcase ways that industry leaders can create more inclusive workplace environments, while highlighting best practices to boost diversity and inclusion specific to manufacturing. Register here. 11/14/2022

How to Support Women in the Workplace

November 18, 2022

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) — an OMA Connections Partner — has published this summary of its recent LinkedIn survey addressing career development for women. The survey gathered feedback from women leaders in workforce development and provides guidance for employers to help women advance their careers. 11/14/2022

MEP Intern Program Offers Employers Wage Reimbursement

November 18, 2022

Ohio manufacturers can place high school students in their company through the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) internship program. It not only helps manufacturers develop future talent, it also provides employers a 50% wage reimbursement, up to $1,500 per student. To apply, contact your local Ohio MEP partner or email MEP staff. 11/16/2022

National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 14-20

November 11, 2022

National Apprenticeship Week is Nov. 14-20. To promote apprenticeships and the vital role they play to grow the talent pipeline, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published this website. It offers valuable resources, including an interactive map of Apprenticeship Week events.

On Nov. 17, Sara Tracey, managing director of OMA Workforce Services, will be part of DOL’s panel discussion to highlight efforts to create career pathways for under-represented populations. Register for this virtual event.

Also, check out the OMA’s Workforce Services page for earn-and-learn resources. 11/10/2022

Resources for Recruiting Veterans to Manufacturing

November 11, 2022

With more than 800,000 veterans and current military personnel, Ohio is home to the fifth-largest veteran population in the U.S. On this Veterans Day, the OMA is sharing some best practices to attract our nation’s heroes to manufacturing careers. Strategies include:

As a reminder, November is Hire a Veteran Month in Ohio. Follow this page for updates. 11/11/2022

MAGNET Gets National Spotlight

November 11, 2022

OMA Connections Partner MAGNET is receiving national attention for its efforts to promote manufacturing careers.

This story published by Yahoo! News provides an inside look at MAGNET’s new Manufacturing Innovation, Technology and Job Center in Cleveland — and how it’s turning young Ohioans onto manufacturing careers.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who attended the center’s grand opening last month, has praised MAGNET’s new facility for its ability to expose thousands of students to the good paying manufacturing jobs. 11/8/2022


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