News and Analysis
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) will kick off a national tour on Wednesday called “Creators Wanted.” It’s an effort to boost manufacturing job growth by changing the negative, outdated perceptions about the industry. The NAM hopes to reach roughly 250,000 people through the tour.
The Washington Examiner published a story this week on the “Creators Wanted” campaign, highlighting research that found only about 27% of parents think manufacturing would be a good job for their child, even though the sector provides larger salaries and benefits than other industries. “The negative perception parents have about manufacturing likely rubs off on their children, who then rule out manufacturing as a career choice,” the story says. 2/6/2020
In December, Ohio’s jobless rate held steady, but unemployment filings again varied significantly throughout the state’s 88 counties. According to the monthly map published by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 28 counties saw jobless rates of 3.4% or less, compared to the statewide average of 4.2%.
The agency has also published the latest county-by-county labor force estimates. 2/3/2020
Today, Jan. 31, is the application deadline for the second round of Ohio’s TechCred. If you’re not yet familiar with this innovative program — which reimburses employers for upskilling their employees through the use of certificates and credentials — you owe it to yourself and your business to better understand how TechCred works so you can participate in future funding rounds.
Check out these short animated videos explaining the definition of a credential, the three key criteria of a credential, and how to suggest new credentials so your business can be reimbursed. 1/28/2020
Ohio’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.2% in December, according to the Department of Job and Family Services. That’s down from 4.6% a year earlier. Ohio employers added 9,800 jobs in December — led by construction (3,400) and manufacturing (1,100). The total number of Ohio manufacturing jobs exceeded 701,000 as of December.
From December 2018 to December 2019, Ohio shed 1,700 manufacturing jobs, as losses in durable goods (-2,600) exceeded gains in non-durables (+900). 1/27/2020
With an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day across the U.S., Ohio policymakers — in coordination with groups like the OMA — are taking a proactive approach to close the skills gap, focusing on initiatives to expand the use of industry-recognized credentials, grow apprenticeships, and strengthen local sector partnerships. But there’s plenty of competition from other states, all of whom are seeking to be workforce development leaders.
The National Conference of State Legislatures has published a summary of workforce legislation recently enacted by other states. This includes Connecticut’s Military-to-Machinists job training program; Maryland’s Apprenticeship Career Training Pilot Program for formerly incarcerated individuals; and Alabama’s “sweeping apprenticeship bill” that creates the Alabama Registered and Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program, as well as tax incentives to hire apprentices. 1/27/2020
If you want to enhance the skills of your manufacturing employees — and be reimbursed for doing so — take advantage of Ohio’s TechCred program. The deadline for the current application round is Friday, Jan. 31.
As a reminder, here’s the list of approved credentials for TechCred. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you can still apply and make your case for a credential to be added to the list.
Need help applying? Check out the OMA’s recent webinar that details TechCred’s benefits and operations, and explains how to apply online. 1/23/2020
On Thursday, Jan. 23, Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced the launch of the Industry Sector Partnership grant program. The program’s development was spearheaded by the OMA to expand and enhance Ohio’s partnerships and their workforce development efforts.
Established by House Bill 2 and funded through the state operating budget (HB 166), the program will invest $5 million over two years to strengthen the state’s network of industry sector partnerships. If you are interested in working with your local manufacturing sector partnership, check out this directory. 1/23/2020
Every four years, Ohio creates a Combined State Plan to better align the state’s largest workforce programs that connect businesses to qualified workers. This plan includes federal funds for local OhioMeansJobs centers, as well as for job training and job search assistance programs. State officials have released the draft of the revised Combined State Plan for a 30-day public comment period. Learn more here. 1/20/2020
A new survey by the Manufacturing Institute — the workforce and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers — finds that manufacturers spent at least $26.2 billion in 2019 to combat the workforce shortage. This is the first time the Institute has calculated manufacturing expenditures to close the skills gap.
The survey found that the vast majority of the nation’s manufacturers (79.4%) are increasing their workforce training efforts. 1/20/2020
This week, OMA-member American Honda Motor Co. joined a growing number of employers that have signed the “Pledge to America’s Workers” — a White House initiative aimed at boosting workforce training opportunities. At last check, 420 companies had pledged more than 14.5 million new education and training opportunities for U.S. students and workers over the next five years.
Honda’s pledge alone will expand job training for 50,000 workers by 2025. 1/21/2020