News and Analysis
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the OMA will host a special webinar to spotlight “earn-and-learn” programs and expanded apprenticeship models that can help address today’s workforce challenges. As we’ve reported, the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP) — led by the OMA and Ohio TechNet — was recently awarded a $12 million U.S. Department of Labor grant as part of the administration’s effort to expand apprenticeships on a national scale in key industry sectors.
The webinar will give participants insight into how OMA-supported, industry-led regional sector partnerships will be the system for achieving apprenticeship expansion goals. Register here or call (800) 662-4463 for more details. 8/22/2019
A new survey finds that 60% of U.S. business leaders expect they will soon be using artificial intelligence (AI) or advanced automation to improve operations, staffing, budgeting, or performance — up from the 24% who are already doing so. According to a report from Genesys, 57% of employers surveyed said they were enthusiastic about new workplace technology including AI, robotics, and augmented reality. Some 30% of employers said they expect workforce reductions due to AI adoption, while 53% said they don’t anticipate major staffing changes. 8/19/2019
Manufacturing Day 2019, set for Oct. 4, is just around the corner. At last check, Ohio had a best-in-the-nation 71 locations already registered to host visitors for this annual celebration of modern manufacturing aimed at inspiring young people to consider manufacturing careers.
The OMA encourages all members to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. If you haven’t already done so, you can still register your company as a host. The process takes only a few minutes and gives you access to resources, puts your company out front as a leader, and allows others in your community to find you. 8/20/2019
A new survey of more than 18,500 manufacturing and logistics employees across 45 states provides valuable insight on what blue-collar workers are looking for — beyond wages and job security. Conducted by industrial staffing firm EmployBridge, the feedback shows most workers are eager to learn new skills that involve more complex problem-solving and decision-making.
According to the survey, 90% of workers voiced an interest in apprenticeships, with 38% saying they were “extremely interested.” It also found that due to the strong demand for skilled labor, 26% of respondents said they are actively pursuing new jobs, while an additional 30% would consider a new job if an opportunity presented itself. 8/8/2019
Industry-Recognized Credentials can be a key tool for workforce development. But how can Ohio’s manufacturers best utilize them? Find out by participating in the OMA’s one-hour webinar set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. Presenters will be Montez King, executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), and Monica Pfarr, executive director of the AWS Foundation, American Welding Society®. To register or for more details, click here. 8/8/2019
A recent report by Manufacturing Works — a manufacturing advocacy partner for the Cleveland area — urges the Cleveland school district and the private sector to work together to train more students for manufacturing careers. The report emphasizes the need for such skills-training particularly in the city’s eastern and southeastern suburbs.
In Cleveland.com‘s story on the report’s findings, it’s noted that “as few as 300 students graduate each year from manufacturing-related vocational programs in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties, while those communities have 4,300 job openings requiring training annually.” Dan T. Moore, owner of the Dan T. Moore Company and the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center, is quoted as saying training needs to start in the fifth or sixth grade since “passion at that age comes from making something.” 8/5/2019
Industry-Recognized Credentials are all the buzz lately, but what are they and how can manufacturers best utilize them for workforce development? Find out by participating in the OMA’s one-hour webinar set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. Presenters will be Montez King, executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), and Monica Pfarr, the executive director of the AWS Foundation, American Welding Society®. To register or for more details, click here. 8/1/2019
Members of Generation Z are hearing the message that manufacturing offers rewarding career opportunities. That’s the finding of a survey by Leading2Lean (L2L), which says 32% of young Americans ages 18-22 have had manufacturing suggested to them as a career option, compared to 18% of Millennials and only 13% of the general population. The L2L Manufacturing Index also found that a majority (59%) of Generation Z agrees trade schools offer promising career opportunities for high school students.
Despite the positive trends, more education and communication are needed, L2L says, since too many members of Generation Z are not cognizant of the high-tech nature of modern manufacturing. 7/30/2019
House Bill 166, the state operating budget, includes $5 million over the biennium for industry sector partnerships — widely recognized as a proven strategy for meeting the employment and skill needs of workers and employers. Sector partnership members — under manufacturers’ leadership — collectively work to address local workforce needs.
The OMA, which advocated for the inclusion of these workforce development dollars in HB 166, has set up a statewide network of partnerships. This updated Manufacturing Industry Sector Partnership Directory shows there are now 16 regional organizations operating across Ohio. (To learn more, connect with the contact listed in the directory for your region.)
Contact Rob Brundrett for more information about this budget provision. 7/18/2019
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