Guidance for Ohio’s New Manufacturing Mentorship Program

Due to the overwhelming interest in the new Ohio Manufacturing Mentorship Program — which was included in the final version of the state budget this year — the OMA has put together this short guidance document with OMA legal counsel Bricker & Eckler LLP.

While the new program won’t become effective until at least October, the Ohio Department of Commerce has begun to work on the rules to implement it. Under the new law, 16- and 17-year-old students will be allowed to work part-time in a manufacturing facility under the guidance of a mentor — giving students the opportunity to gain exposure to manufacturing careers while still in high school. The OMA led the charge on getting this provision into law.

If you would like to help provide guidance to the Ohio Department of Commerce as they work on the implementation rules, please contact the OMA’s Rob Brundrett. 9/19/2019