News and Analysis
To open young minds to manufacturing, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and his staff have for the past decade helped launch and promote summer manufacturing camps for students in more than 20 counties.
This week, OMA staff participated in Sen. Brown’s summit to share best practices with those interested in hosting a camp for the first time. If your business or community is interesting in hosting a manufacturing camp, email Sen. Brown’s office. 2/23/2023
The 19th round of Ohio’s TechCred program runs from March 1 to 3 p.m. March 31. Employers are eligible for up to $30,000 per round (and $180,000 a year) to upskill their employees.
Since the start of TechCred, 2,173 Ohio employers have been approved for funding. Manufacturers have accounted for roughly half of approved applications. OMA Connections Partner HBK has published manufacturing-specific insight on TechCred. 2/23/2023
FastLane — an OMA Connections Partner and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for west central Ohio — will host a March 7 webinar to examine different ways manufacturers are leveraging online learning to develop their incumbent workforce. Register here. 2/23/2023
Eric Leach, deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, this week addressed the OMA’s Workforce Leadership Committee to discuss Gov. Mike DeWine’s recent executive order to assess Ohio’s critical educational and training needs to ensure a highly skilled workforce.
DeWine’s order requires the Department of Higher Education to conduct a thorough study of programs, institutions, and instructional capabilities related to career fields and occupations critical to Ohio’s economy — including manufacturing. Leach provided insight into how the study will impact funding allocations under the proposed WorkFORCE Ohio program, which is part of the governor’s budget.
To learn more about the govenor’s study and how you can engage on behalf of manufacturers, email the OMA’s Sara Tracey. 2/16/2023
Some changes are planned to a bill that would overhaul the Ohio Department of Education by placing more emphasis on career-technical education, while providing a more coordinated approach to workforce development policy.
Supported by the OMA, Senate Bill 1 would establish the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, which would have two divisions — one for traditional K-12 and one for career-technical education and workforce training. Senate leadership has made SB 1 a priority this year.
As reported by Gongwer News Service, the Senate Education Committee plans to amend SB 1 with additional requirements for the new agency’s deputy directors and to increase opportunities for public input, among other things. 2/16/2023
The DeWine-Husted administration has announced that Ohio’s annual In-Demand Jobs Week will be May 1-5. This brings another opportunity for manufacturers to connect with students and job seekers.
To add your company’s event to the official In-Demand Jobs Week map, visit this site — or email the name, date, and time of your event, as well as a short description, to the Department of Job and Family Services. 2/13/2023
Tom Capps-Harshaw is the newest member of the OMA staff, hired as the association’s director of workforce communications.
A Cincinnati native, Tom moved to Columbus in 2012. Before joining the OMA, Tom worked for a decade at Columbus State Community College where he was the senior project manager of workforce partnerships and programs. Prior to that, he spent six years in Dayton at PNC Bank as a branch manager.
Tom is a graduate of The Ohio State University and is pursuing his graduate degree at Franklin University. In addition to music, world travel, and history, Tom is passionate about utilizing data, technology and innovation to grow educational and career opportunity awareness, especially for under-represented populations. He looks forward to growing the impact of the OMA’s workforce communications.
Email Tom to say hello. 2/6/2023
As a reminder, Ohio manufacturers have until March 31 to apply for training reimbursement grants available through ApprenticeOhio. Eligible manufacturers can be reimbursed up to $2,500 per apprentice — for up to 10 apprentices — to help cover the costs of training and tools. OMA Connections William Vaughan has more details. 2/7/2023
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