News and Analysis
The National Association of Manufacturers has offered several policy suggestions to federal lawmakers to support the manufacturing workforce development. They include:
- Expanding the Pell Grant program to include short-term education models and skills training;
- Investing in apprenticeship and earn-and-learn programs;
- Promoting attainment of industry-based credentials as a way to complete community and technical colleges;
- Increasing the amount of tax-exempt educational assistance employers can provide;
- Prioritizing employer leadership in federal discretionary grant competitions; and
- Reforming federal work-study programs to highlight career-focused skills.
Read more about NAM’s workforce policy recommendations. 10/24/2023
Registration for the Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit 2023 ends Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The summit, which will take place Nov. 8 at Quest Conference Center in Westerville, will feature a high-caliber lineup of speakers, including Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Harvard Professor Joseph Fuller, as well as expert panels and breakout sessions.
Register by Halloween! 10/26/2023
As Manufacturing Month continues, OMA President Ryan Augsburger this week joined National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons for a visit with students at Logan Elm Schools in Circleville.
Representatives from OMA members Sofidel and Honda and LG Energy Solution also spoke to the students. Guests were given a first-hand look at the school’s state-of-the-art facilities, which are preparing students — beginning as early third grade — for manufacturing careers. 10/18/2023
Manufacturing.net has highlighted the Manufacturing Institute’s 35×30 campaign, which seeks to grow the share of women employees in U.S. manufacturing to 35% by 2030.
The publication examines how the initiative aims to accomplish its goal via trade organizations, community engagement, and “for women, by women” programs. 10/16/2023
Gov. Mike DeWine has announced that Ohio Department of Higher Education Senior Vice Chancellor Mike Duffey will be nominated to replace Chancellor Randy Gardner when he retires at the end of the year. Prior to his current position at the agency, Duffey served as a member of the Ohio House. 10/16/2023
MFG Month continues to be celebrated across the Buckeye State.
One example comes from Stark County, where the Canton Repository spotlighted MFG Day activities. Students learned about local career opportunities via events coordinated by the Stark County Manufacturing Workforce Development Partnership, an OMA-endorsed industry sector partnership (ISP).
The OMA has composed this list of MFG Day/Month events hosted by OMA-endorsed ISPs. 10/13/2023
According to an informal survey of Ohio manufacturers, currently running on the OMA’s LinkedIn page, more than 60% of respondents say workforce is their top concern.
At 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, the OMA will host a webinar to spotlight its Untapped Talent Learning Communities initiative, which aims to address the workforce needs of Ohio manufacturers by connecting them with individuals from groups that have traditionally been under-represented in the industry. Learn more and register. 10/11/2023
Manufacturing industry sector partnerships should note that Lt. Gov. Jon Husted has opened the application period for High School Tech Internship intermediaries.
Under this grant program, businesses will be reimbursed up to $5,000 per intern when they hire high school students in tech-related roles. Businesses also will be eligible to earn bonuses when students earn a credential. Learn more. 10/12/2023
Gov. Mike DeWine’s office has announced that Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner, who had a long legislative career before joining the cabinet, plans to retire at the end of 2023. 10/12/2023
Meanwhile, OMA leaders are spreading the news about manufacturing careers.
In another editorial, published in several papers, OMA President Ryan Augsburger highlights work by the OMA and state leaders to build a reliable talent pipeline for Ohio’s top industry.