News and Analysis
Here’s a look at the recent or upcoming activities of several OMA-endorsed industry sector partnerships and other workforce partners:
- The Appalachian Ohio Manufacturers’ Coalition is developing a manufacturing and business support center in Marietta to provide customized training programs and assistance with technology, according to this report by The Marietta Times.
- OMA Connections Partner MAGNET — northeast Ohio’s manufacturing extension partnership (MEP) — is spotlighting the success of its “ACCESS to Manufacturing Careers” program, a four-week program designed for individuals who seek entry-level manufacturing jobs.
- Ohio To Work Mahoning Valley has surpassed its hiring goal by 176% with 1,758 job offers placed, according to the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition, which serves as the local manager of the initiative.
- The Dayton Region Manufacturers Association has posted manufacturer-pertinent resumes of job-seeking individuals who are not currently employed in the manufacturing sector.
- The Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership, which serves the greater Cincinnati region, has posted this podcast covering best practices for manufacturers that open their facilities to visiting students.
- ConxusNEO recently announced the launch of the Greater Akron Business Navigator, an online resource to help small businesses solve challenges, including workforce.
For the past decade, Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and his staff have helped launch summer manufacturing camps for students in grades 4-8 in more than 20 counties. The OMA has been a partner in this effort to showcase manufacturing careers to young Ohioans.
If your company is interested in hosting a manufacturing camp this summer, Sen. Brown’s office is holding its Summer Manufacturing Camp Summit on Feb. 22 at Ohio University’s campus in Dublin. It’s free to attend, and designed for manufacturers, educators, economic development officials, and community leaders.
To RSVP for the summit, email Sen. Brown’s office with your name and contact information. Space is limited. 2/1/2023
The Manufacturing Institute has published this insight on how to create second-chance hiring programs to recruit formerly incarcerated individuals.
Panelists at the Institute’s workforce summit held last fall in Cincinnati advised companies that are interested in second-chance hiring to start with a pilot program. Employers are also encouraged to review job descriptions to ensure they specify that second-chance candidates are welcome. 2/1/2023
Reshoring and foreign direct investments created an estimated 1.6 million-plus U.S. manufacturing jobs between 2010 and the end of 2022, according a recent report. A key factor is America’s focus on upskilling its workforce.
To ensure Ohio has an adequate manufacturing talent pool to capitalize on the reshoring trend, the OMA has published this “Workforce Roadmap” for 2023.
Among other things, the plan establishes a goal to attract 6,000 new or upskilled incumbent employees; accelerate Innovation/Industry 4.0 education and workforce development; and expand and diversify the manufacturing talent pool. 1/30/2023
The OMA has just published its 2023 Workforce Roadmap. This publication highlights strategies needed to enhance Ohio’s network of Industry Sector Partnerships; expand earn-and-learn opportunities; accelerate workforce development related to automation and other tech innovations; implement DEI plans for recruiting; and more.
Teenaged workers are financially benefiting from the labor shortages facing employers, reports say, earning as much as $566 a week. Considering this trend, Ohio manufacturers may wish to consider utilizing the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) internship program. It provides a 50% wage reimbursement, up to $1,500 per student.
The Manufacturing Institute has published this summary of a recent roundtable discussion featuring veterans who transitioned successfully from the military into manufacturing, as well as manufacturers who prioritize attracting and retaining military talent.
One takeaway from the discussion: Networking matters. Veterans who connect with manufacturers often land excellent job offers — and the Insitute’s “Heroes MAKE America” program can help facilitate those connections. 1/25/2023
In a survey of Ohio lawmakers, more than a third (35%) indicated that workforce development is their top priority. The Gongwer News Service poll shows 42% of responding Republicans cited workforce as their top issue — noteworthy since the GOP holds a super-majority in both chambers.
As reported earlier, Gov. Mike DeWine recently issued an executive order calling for an in-depth study of Ohio’s workforce needs by industry and region. 1/16/2023
A plan to restructure the Ohio Department of Education failed to pass in the final days of the 134th General Assembly. But it has been reintroduced in the 135th General Assembly — and it could be before the full Ohio Senate by the end of February.
Like its predecessor, Senate Bill 1 would create a Department of Education and Workforce, headed by a gubernatorial appointee (instead of the state board of education) to give the administration more oversight. The agency would have two divisions — one for K-12 education and one for career-technical education and workforce training. The bill is a priority of Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima).
More details are available in this story from Gongwer News Service. 1/18/2023
The OMA will host a Feb. 9 webinar to explore successful education-to-workforce initiatives and best practices that inspire K-12 students to pursue manufacturing and STEM-related careers. Leaders from northeast Ohio-based organizations that focus on workforce readiness will discuss their work and recent research. Register here. 1/18/2023