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Time to Register Your In-Demand Jobs Week Event

March 13, 2020

How will your business participate in Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week, set for May 4-8? This statewide event provides the opportunity to highlight manufacturing careers for students, parents and educators.

Add your In-Demand Jobs Week event to the interactive map by emailing event organizers with your company’s event name, date/time, address, and a short description. 3/10/2020

New Directory Lists OMA-Endorsed Sector Partnerships

March 6, 2020

To grow Ohio’s manufacturing talent, the OMA coordinates and supports the state’s network of industry-led, regional sector partnerships. By fostering collaboration and resource-sharing among manufacturers, these local partnerships are transforming how Ohio attracts and develops manufacturing workers.

This updated directory lists the partnerships that have earned the OMA’s endorsement following a comprehensive review and vote by the OMA’s Workforce Leadership Committee, which considered eight endorsement criteria. The OMA is working with endorsed partnerships on strategies such as:

  • Ensuring career readiness by connecting training to specific industry-recognized credentials.
  • Engaging under-represented populations in manufacturing.
  • Developing flexible, innovative, work-and-learn programs that provide on-the-job training and mentorship.

New and emerging partnerships can earn the OMA’s endorsement. Email us for more information. 3/3/2020

Reminder: New TechCred Round is Underway

March 6, 2020

Ohio manufacturers who are interested in participating in the innovative TechCred program currently have until March 31 to be reimbursed for upskilling their employees. Under TechCred, employers receive up to $2,000 for each current or new employee who earns a qualified credential (up to $30,000 per employer, per funding round). Here’s more information. 3/5/2020

Host a Teacher at Your Workplace This Summer

March 6, 2020

The Ohio STEM Learning Network is still looking for manufacturers who are interested in hosting a K-12 teacher as part of the Manufacturing and Engineering Externship Program (MEEP). Under the program, a select group of Ohio educators will complete an externship in a local STEM industry and create new lessons for their classroom. This is a short-term commitment; businesses will host one or two local educators onsite for three to five days this summer. It’s an excellent opportunity for manufacturers to collaborate with teachers to address local workforce challenges. Learn more here. 3/5/2020

Still Time to Weigh in on OMA Workforce Initiative

March 6, 2020

An OMA survey is currently being conducted to gather member input about a statewide initiative to attract and train individuals for manufacturing careers. If you have direct responsibility and/or influence in your company regarding decisions related to recruiting, hiring, training, or workforce development initiatives, it’s especially important we hear from you. The survey is anonymous, takes just 5 to 10 minutes, and closes at 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 10.

Click here to provide your feedback. 3/4/2020

New Round of TechCred Starts March 2

February 28, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 2, Ohio employers who are interested in participating in the innovative TechCred program will have another opportunity to be reimbursed for upskilling their employees. The program is overseen by the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who announced this week that during the January application period, 255 employer applications were approved, resulting in 1,611 credentials.

Under TechCred, employers receive up to $2,000 for each current or new employee who earns a qualified credential (up to $30,000 per employer, per funding round). Businesses of all sizes are eligible. Learn more. 2/27/2020

OMA Member Survey on Workforce Development Initiative Coming Next Week

February 28, 2020

On Tuesday, March 3, be on the lookout for an email from OMA President Eric Burkland with a link to a members-only survey. This survey is being conducted to gather input about a statewide initiative to attract and train individuals for successful careers in manufacturing companies through regional partnerships across Ohio. The program is funded by a $12 million, four-year U.S. Department of Labor grant and led by OMA and its partner Ohio TechNet, collectively known as the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP).

The survey is anonymous, takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete, and will close at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. Manufacturer participation is essential to the initiative; input from those with direct responsibility and/or influence over decisions related to recruiting, hiring, training or workforce development initiatives is especially critical. (Note: Not all members will receive the survey.) 2/27/2020

Combining Four-Year Degrees With Certifications

February 28, 2020

How do we build education pathways that can address the skills gap? Here’s one possible solution: Let’s embed high-quality, industry-recognized certifications into college degree programs. Read this IndustryWeek article. 2/27/2020

Participate in Lt. Governor’s Workforce Survey

February 28, 2020

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted is asking Ohio business leaders to participate in a new survey that will help policymakers develop a high school internship program aimed at attracting more young people to technology-related career fields, including manufacturing. Participate in this important survey by March 20. 2/27/2020

NAM Unveils ‘Creators Wanted’ Campaign

February 21, 2020

Last week, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and The Manufacturing Institute unveiled the “Creators Wanted” campaign — a nationwide effort to reshape perception of manufacturing and confront the industry’s growing skills gap.

The campaign will feature an on-the-ground, interactive mobile tour designed to inspire Americans in more than 20 states — including Ohio — to pursue high-tech, high-paying jobs in modern manufacturing. The tour will kick off in Cincinnati this September, featuring interactive exhibits, thought leadership forums, and entertainment to showcase the future of modern manufacturing. 2/17/2020