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Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit 2020: Registration Is Open

September 25, 2020

Registration for this year’s Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit is now open. Set for Oct. 28, this one-of-a-kind event is where employers, workforce developers, educators, and others learn about solutions to attract and retain talent. And this year, the event is 100% online.

The virtual setting provides several advantages for attendees. In addition to eliminating travel and extra costs, this virtual summit offers a jam-packed schedule, an impressive lineup of speakers, and interactive Q&A. Attendees will have access to recorded presentations for months afterward. There will even be virtual space reserved for exhibitors that offer workforce training and other services to manufacturers.

Don’t wait. Register now so you can create your profile and start collaborating, even before the summit begins. We’ll be adding fresh content and updates to the site on a regular basis, so check back often. 9/22/2020

Sara Tracey Joins OMA Staff to Oversee Workforce Services

September 25, 2020

Sara Tracey has joined the OMA staff as managing director of the association’s workforce services.

An Ohio native, Sara was previously director of business and industry partnerships at Thomas P. Miller and Associates (TPMA), an Indianapolis-based consulting firm. In that role, she worked closely with the OMA Workforce Community, providing technical assistance and project management support to industry sector partnerships statewide.

Sara earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to her work at TPMA, Sara taught English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Akron. She is passionate about career pathways that help people avoid student loan debt and provide skills they need to move into high-demand manufacturing occupations.

You can email Sara here. 9/22/2020

Are You Ready for MFG Day (and Month)?

September 25, 2020

Friday, Oct. 2, is MFG Day and October is MFG Month. This is the best opportunity of the year for Ohio manufacturers to connect with the next generation — even during COVID-19. Research shows that 84% of students who see manufacturing up close are more likely to think positively about the industry.

Here are resources from the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute to help you organize and promote your MFG Day/Month event. Be sure to register your event on the official MFG Day website so the Buckeye State is well represented.

In your outreach to young people and career switchers, don’t forget to share the resources at The site features an interactive career pathways section, as well as updated job categories and job descriptions — complete with estimated salaries and education requirements. 9/24/2020

Plan Your Virtual MFG Day Event With This Webinar

September 25, 2020

Don’t let the pandemic halt efforts to build your future talent pipeline. Use MFG Day (Friday, Oct. 2) and all of October (Manufacturing Month) to showcase your business’ rewarding career paths. The OMA has posted this on-demand webinar, as well as this slide show, to help manufacturers organize and promote online MFG Day/Month events.

Also, as you look for ways to attract the next generation of workers, check out the OMA’s recently published guide on how to hire high school students. 9/23/2020

U.S. Labor Department Spotlights Apprenticeships

September 25, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has launched its “Discover Apprenticeship” campaign — part of the Trump administration’s commitment to add one million new apprentices by Sept. 30, 2021. The campaign includes an apprenticeship job finder, fact sheets, and advertising on social media and TV in 21 states, including Ohio.

Meanwhile, DOL reports that the agency has selected the first round of standards recognition entities (SREs), which are the last critical piece in launching industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs). SREs are responsible for ensuring quality of IRAPs, which could provide Ohio employers more tools to create high-quality apprenticeship programs and opportunities. 9/24/2020

Call for Exhibitors: Oct. 28 Workforce Summit

September 18, 2020

This year, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit — which will be held virtually on Oct. 28 — is providing opportunities for exhibitors. If you offer workforce training or other services to manufacturers, this online event offers your organization widespread exposure throughout Ohio’s manufacturing community.

Registration for the summit starts next week, so if you’re interested in being an exhibitor, receive maximum exposure by committing soon. Email the OMA’s Dan Noreen or call (614) 348-1225 — or see this flyer for further details. 9/15/2020

Talent Development in the Era of Industry 4.0

September 18, 2020

To build Ohio’s manufacturing talent pipeline, the OMA has helped lead a statewide initiative to upskill Ohioans with innovative earn-and-learn (apprenticeship) strategies. Earn-and-learn opportunities will be especially important as technology continues to transform the sector.

New insight from OMA Connections Partner Clark Schaefer Hackett reinforces this perspective. The firm says manufacturers “will need to implement effective change management throughout the organization to educate, train, and upskill workers for the high-tech profession manufacturing is becoming.” 9/14/2020

Register for Next Week’s STEP Ahead Awards Event

September 18, 2020

The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead Awards, which honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in manufacturing careers, are fast approaching. Register here to join the event virtually on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. (ET).

At a Glance: Ohio’s Unemployment by County

September 18, 2020

Ohio has sent $6.3 billion in unemployment payments to more than 804,000 Ohioans over the last 26 weeks — but the unemployment situation continues to improve with the statewide jobless rate at 8.9%, compared to 10.2% nationally. According to the latest monthly unemployment rate map, only seven counties saw jobless rates above 11% or higher as of July. Holmes County had the lowest unemployment at 4.1%.

Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine this week unveiled the “Ohio to Work” program, a new effort to re-skill workers and match them with employers, including manufacturers. For now, the initiative is focused on the Greater Cleveland area — using the expertise of several organizations, including MAGNET, the MEP for Northeast Ohio. Employers in Cuyahoga County that are interested in participating in this program can click here. 9/17/2020

New Tool for Developing Work-Based Learning Programs

September 11, 2020

Earlier this year, members of the OMA Workforce Community and the OMA Automation and Robotics Task Force participated in an initiative led by the Urban Institute — and supported by the U.S. Department of Labor — to develop competency-based occupational frameworks for work-based learning programs. The purpose of these frameworks is to help employers establish their own apprenticeship programs.

Volunteers from OMA’s Workforce Community weighed in on the framework for robotics technicians, an important field in the emerging Industry 4.0. This framework, along with 19 other occupations, are available now. 9/9/2020