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Manufacturing Mentorship Program Clears Final State Hurdle

July 10, 2020

This week the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) approved the rule filing for Ohio’s new Manufacturing Mentorship Program (4101:9-2-02.1 and 4101:9-2-02.2). The program was an OMA priority in the last state budget bill.

The program will allow young people, 16 and 17-years old, to work in an Ohio manufacturing operation through part-time employment. The aim is to educate young people about interesting and fulfilling careers in manufacturing, while strengthening the workforce development pipeline for manufacturers.

Previously young people could only work in traditional manufacturing settings if they were part of a “bona fide educational program.”

The rules approved by JCARR list the tools that program participants are permitted to use in a manufacturing setting.

By clearing the JCARR hurdle the program can go into effect as early as August 20. 7/8/2020

Richland Co. Holding (Virtual) Manufacturing Summer Camp for Youth in 5th-8th Grades

July 10, 2020

Students will learn about STEM, safety, financial literacy, and amazing manufacturers as well as local secondary and post-secondary education opportunities and career pathway opportunities. More here. 7/6/2020

MFG Day 2020 Has New Look, New Home (on the Web)

July 2, 2020

As always, MFG Day will be the first Friday in October — Oct. 2 this year — with events continuing throughout the month. MFG Day helps showcase modern manufacturing careers by encouraging companies and educational institutions to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. MFG Day is an initiative of The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

This year, MFG Day has a new look, a new logo, and a new home on the web at Creators Wanted is the NAM’s umbrella brand for youth engagement in manufacturing careers.

On the site, you’ll find a pre-recorded MFG Day 2020 kickoff webinar that highlights how manufacturers can hold virtual and other socially distanced events, as well as register their events. There is also a “Get Started Toolkit” with downloadable logos and images.

Last year, Ohio was a leader in the number of MFG Day events. It’s not too soon to start planning your 2020 event! 6/29/2020

AWT Apprenticeship Program Aims to Boost Manufacturing Talent

July 2, 2020

It was reported this week that the Alliance for Working Together (AWT) — the OMA-endorsed sector partnership for Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake counties — has announced the AWT Apprenticeship Program, which seeks to strengthen Ohio’s manufacturing workforce.

By supporting both a pre-apprenticeship model and traditional apprenticeship model, the AWT program will offer “a reliable pipeline of skilled workers, customized training that meets industry standards, and increased knowledge transfer through on-the-job learning.” Read more here. 6/29/2020

JobsOhio Chief: Recovery is Moving in the Right Direction

July 2, 2020

In his remarks to workforce leaders, JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer J.P. Nauseef this week said Ohio’s recovery is showing progress, despite the COVID-related damage inflicted this spring. Nauseef told the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board that May’s unemployment rate dropped to 13.7% compared to April’s 17.6%.

He also spotlighted several recently announced economic development projects, including that of OMA member Cerelia, a producer of ready-made doughs and baked goods. Cerelia will expand its facility in Whitehall, investing more than $2 million and creating 40 new food production jobs, according to reports. 7/1/2020 Features Interactive Career Pathways

July 2, 2020

The Making Ohio initiative and were established to spotlight the many exciting, well-paying careers in modern manufacturing. To help students, young workers, and career-switchers visualize manufacturing’s opportunities for growth and advancement, now features an interactive career pathways section that shows how to move from entry-level to more advanced careers by building skills and qualifications.

For now, the pathways are focused on the high-demand fields of industrial maintenance, machining, and welding. Additional pathways are planned for the future.

Take a minute to visit the career pathways section at Then share these interactive tools with employees, students, educators, and others so they are aware of how ongoing training can lead to career advancement. 6/30/2020

New Resource: Earn-and-Learn Guide for Ohio Manufacturers

June 26, 2020

The Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP) — a collaboration of the OMA and Ohio TechNet — has released a new guide titled Innovative Earn-and-Learn Strategies for Building Ohio’s Manufacturing Workforce.

The handbook is designed to assist manufacturers — along with their education and community partners — develop earn-and-learn (apprenticeship) projects to upskill Ohioans and help fill the deficit of manufacturing workers. Topics include:

  • The role of Ohio’s industry-led sector partnerships in supporting earn-and-learn projects;
  • The value of earn-and-learn strategies;
  • Best practices;
  • Tips for attracting the 21st century workforce; and
  • A listing of relevant industry credentials that develop manufacturing workers’ skills and other resources.

If you have questions about how to become more involved with earn-and-learn strategies in Ohio manufacturing, please get in touch with us by email or contact your regional industry sector partnership directly. (Here’s the partnership directory.) 6/26/2020

Last Chance: TechCred Applications Due by June 30

June 26, 2020

Employers that want to participate in the current funding round of Ohio’s TechCred program must apply by Tuesday, June 30. Under this training program to upskill workers, employers can receive reimbursement of up to $2,000 for each current or incoming employee, and up to $30,000 in total per round. Credentials can be offered by a provider of the company’s choice, including online training providers. Read this one-pager for OMA members. 6/25/2020

Community Colleges’ ‘Year 1 at Home’ Plan Provides Students Some Certainty During COVID-19

June 26, 2020

To provide Ohio’s students some certainty (and safety) during COVID-19, Ohio’s community colleges have initiated a new effort to help first-year college students put aside questions about where and how they’ll go to college this fall. Known as “Year 1 at Home,” the new effort by Ohio’s public two-year colleges offers online instruction for first-year general education requirements at low tuition rates, with credits transfer easily.

If the current public health environment suddenly improves, making it possible for residential campuses to open safety, students can simply shift gears and move ahead with four-year, residential plans. 6/22/2020

At a Glance: Ohio’s Unemployment by County

June 26, 2020

In May, Ohio’s unemployment situation varied significantly throughout the state’s 88 counties. According to the monthly map from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, six counties saw jobless rates of 16.1% or higher, compared to May’s statewide average of 13.7%.

Meanwhile, the job search engine at currently has more than 120,000 jobs posted by employers statewide. Roughly half of these jobs pay more than $50,000 a year, and about 76,000 of them require less than a bachelor’s degree. 6/23/2020