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Second-Chance Hiring Helps Grow Manufacturing Talent

January 12, 2024

Spectrum News 1 recently aired this story on second-chance hiring efforts in Ohio manufacturing. It features Darek Givens, who was hired by Nehemiah Manufacturing Company in Cincinnati after spending 10 years in prison.

Gov. Mike DeWine told Spectrum News there are 18,000 more people like Givens who will soon be looking for jobs. These returning citizens are part of the untapped talent pool being developed via Ohio’s “Good Jobs Challenge” grant, which is being used to help local industry sector partnerships (ISPs) continue their work to implement workforce solutions.

Manufacturers willing to consider second-chance hiring should connect with their local OMA-endorsed ISPs. 1/10/2024

Strategies to Build a Multi-Generational Workforce

January 12, 2024

In his recent editorial at, Ethan Karp — president and CEO of MAGNET, an OMA Connections Partner and Northeast Ohio’s MEP — provides four keys to connecting generations in today’s workplace.

“With 10,000 Boomers reaching retirement age every day, the time is now to begin instituting strategies to ensure you’ll have the talent capacity and pipeline to meet the future with the full power and capabilities of all four generations,” Karp writes. 1/8/2024

NAM: Mentorships Help Women Advance

January 12, 2024

The National Association of Manufacturers has published this short article on the value of mentorships for women in manufacturing. The article spotlights the experiences of an employee at Ohio-based JBM Packaging.

The Women MAKE Mentorship Program, a no-cost initiative run by the Manufacturing Institute (the NAM’s workforce development and education affiliate), aims to strengthen women’s careers in the industry by connecting them with peer advisers. 1/11/2024

New TechCred Application Underway

January 5, 2024

The latest application round for Ohio’s TechCred is underway and remains open until 3 p.m. on Jan. 31. Over the past several years, the OMA has advocated for adequate funding for this important workforce training reimbursement program.

Under TechCred, businesses of all sizes are eligible for up to $30,000 per round ($180,000 a year) to upskill employees. Participating employers must partner with a credential provider. (See these FAQs.) Training for the January application may start on or after Dec. 1, 2023 and must be completed within 12 months from the award date.

At last check, manufacturers have accounted for roughly half of all approved applications. Learn more and apply. Or use this email for company-specific questions. 1/2/2024

Tech Internship Opens for Students, Employers

January 5, 2024

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted has announced Ohio’s High School Tech Internship program is open for students. The program aims to provide businesses with tech talent while providing students valuable experience.

Employers hosting interns will be reimbursed up to 100% of the wages paid (up to $5,000 per intern). Employers are also eligible to earn bonuses for each student who earns certain industry-recognized credentials. Learn more and apply by contacting the intermediary in your region, which can be found by scrolling down this page. 1/4/2024

Ohio Population Trend Rebounds

December 28, 2023

Population trends have returned to pre-pandemic norms, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Midwest’s population rebounded in 2023 due to a lower rate of outmigration and increased international migration.

Ohio is one of 11 states that lost population in 2022 but experienced gains in 2023, with 26,238 more residents. However, with 11,785,935 residents in July 2023, Ohio still trailed its April 2020 population estimate of 11,799,331. 12/27/2023

OMA Webinar: Untapped Talent, Part 2

December 28, 2023

On Jan. 25, the OMA will host part two of its introduction to the Untapped Talent Learning Community, which supports manufacturers interested in hiring and retention best practices. In this webinar, the OMA Good Jobs Challenge team will spotlight the learning community’s 2024 events. Learn more and register.

If you missed part one of the series, members can watch this on-demand webinar. 12/28/2023

Higher Ed Institutions Get $40M for Workforce Training Equipment

December 21, 2023

The DeWine administration recently announced that 81 institutions of higher education have received $40 million in Super RAPIDS grants. The awards pay for training equipment to boost regional workforce development. See the list of grantees.

“To continue Ohio’s economic momentum, our students must be trained and ready for jobs in technology, advanced manufacturing, and other high-skill industries,” Husted said.

Earlier this year, the OMA advocated to secure the Super RAPIDS grant funding in the biennial budget (House Bill 33). 12/19/2023