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Reminder: TechCred Applications Due by June 30

June 12, 2020

Employers interested in participating in the current funding round of Ohio’s TechCred program must apply by June 30. Under this state training program to upskill workers, employers can receive up to $2,000 for each current or incoming employee, and up to $30,000 in total per round. Manufacturers have comprised the largest industry group of both applicants and awardees in the first three funding rounds.

Check out this TechCred infographic by OMA Connections Partner Clark Schaefer Hackett, as well this summary of recent changes to the program. Also, be sure to read the one-pager we’ve put together for OMA members. 6/11/2020

OMA Committed to Diversity in Manufacturing

June 5, 2020

Considering the events of the past week, the OMA and its board of directors remain committed to diversity and inclusion within the industry. While productive dialog matters, societal improvements will not be accomplished through words alone. Substantive actions are needed to help ensure all Americans have an equal opportunity to prosper.

One of the best ways to do this is to make certain that individuals have the skills needed to succeed, including skills for well-paying manufacturing careers. The OMA continues its work to engage non-traditional populations regarding manufacturing career pathways, including new learn-and-earn opportunities. Even during the pandemic, the OMA and its workforce partners have continued to advance our plan to create 5,000 apprenticeships statewide, with special emphasis on recruiting people of color, as well as women, veterans, and ex-offenders.

If you have thoughts or ideas on these efforts, contact us directly. 6/2/2020

OMA Webinar: Attracting the Non-Traditional Manufacturing Workforce Population

June 5, 2020

On Thursday, June 25, the OMA will host a 10 a.m. (ET) webinar to provide valuable insight and best practices in efforts to attract the non-traditional manufacturing workforce population. The webinar will explore how a collaboration of several employers and workforce development agencies in Cuyahoga County — along with the Workforce Connect Manufacturing Sector Partnership — facilitated the development of a new entry-level certificate program to attract non-traditional and under-represented workforce candidates to the manufacturing industry. Find more details here. 6/3/2020

Ohio Has Paid $3.5B in Unemployment Benefits Since Mid-March

June 5, 2020

More than 34,000 Ohio workers filed initial claims for unemployment compensation last week, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). This brings the total received in the previous 11 weeks to nearly 1.3 million, or roughly 22% of the state’s civilian labor force. ODJFS has sent more than $3.5 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 668,000 workers during this period. 6/4/2020

Study: Toledo, Cleveland Among Cities With Largest Jumps in Unemployment

June 5, 2020

A new study by personal finance website WalletHub.com finds Toledo and Cleveland to be among the U.S. cities with the largest increases in unemployment due to COVID-19. Toledo was 11th and Cleveland was 12th, while Akron was 65th, Columbus 81st, and Cincinnati 95th. The comparison of 180 cities is based on three key metrics, including the change of each city’s unemployment rate compared to April 2019 and January 2020. 6/4/2020

Reminder: TechCred Applications Now Being Accepted

June 5, 2020

Employers that are interested in participating in Ohio’s TechCred program have a new opportunity to apply for funding to upskill their employees. The new application period opened June 1 and runs through June 30. Employers can receive up to $2,000 for each current or incoming employee, and up to $30,000 in total per round. Businesses of all sizes are eligible.

Interested? Check out this one-pager we’ve put together for OMA members. 6/5/2020

Next Funding Round for TechCred Announced; Application Period Begins June 1

May 29, 2020

This week, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced that Ohio’s TechCred program — which reimburses employers that upskill current and incoming employees — will extend its focus to help unemployed individuals earn industry-recognized credentials. This will be beneficial for manufacturers.

The lieutenant governor also announced that the next TechCred application period (Round 4 of funding) begins Monday, June 1, and will run through June 30. More than 400 of the credentials approved for the program can be earned online.

In the last funding round (Round 3), which ended in late March 2020, 150 Ohio employers were approved for TechCred reimbursement. Manufacturers comprised the largest industry group of both applicants and awardees. So far, a total of 500 Ohio employers have been approved for reimbursement, resulting in up to 4,232 credentials for Ohioans.

To support the changing needs of businesses and workers during COVID-19, several changes have been made to TechCred. Those changes, which include granting more time for employers to use previously awarded TechCred reimbursements, are described in this press release. 5/29/2020

Ohio Has Seen More Than 1.25 Million Initial Jobless Claims Since Mid-March

May 29, 2020

For the week ending May 23, Ohio reported 42,082 initial unemployment claims. The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 10 weeks (1,257,838) is more than the combined total of those filed during the last three years. The state has now distributed more than $3.1 billion to more than 644,000 unemployment claimants.

Nationwide, the number of workers seeking jobless benefits fell for an eighth straight week last week, but a record 40.7 million people have filed claims since March 21. 5/28/2020

Study: Ohio Among States With Biggest Increases in Unemployment Due to COVID-19

May 29, 2020

A new comparison by personal finance website WalletHub.com finds Ohio is among the states hit hardest by coronavirus-related unemployment. The Buckeye State had the nation’s fifth highest unemployment rate last month and experienced a 389% increase in unemployment from April 2019 to April 2020 — the 13th largest jump nationwide. But that figure is dwarfed compared to Hawaii’s 765% or Nevada’s 608% unemployment expansions over the same time period. 5/26/2020

What’s Ahead for the Ohio TechCred Program?

May 22, 2020

The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation is determining an appropriate path forward for the Ohio TechCred program as a result of COVID-19, including a recommendation that only online trainings be eligible for reimbursement.

TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy. These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need. Businesses that submit successful applications will be reimbursed, up to $2,000 per credential, when current or prospective employees complete technology-focused credentials.

The application period for Round 3 of the program ended March 31, and businesses will be notified soon if their applications were accepted. An announcement about the opening of Round 4 is coming. For more information, visit this website. 5/15/2020