Ohio Students Will Now Have a Better Chance to Experience Manufacturing Careers

After weeks of negotiations on the new state budget, the Manufacturing Mentorship Program was included in the final report on House Bill 166.

Over the years, OMA members have voiced frustration regarding their inability to hire minors and give young people work experience in a manufacturing setting. The OMA led the charge to ensure that more students can experience manufacturing careers with real, hands-on opportunities.

Under current Ohio law, only minors who are part of a “bona fide educational program” may participate in such manufacturing activities. 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.” This will give students the opportunity to gain exposure to manufacturing careers while in high school. 7/18/2019