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The OMA’s Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit is a must for anyone connected to the manufacturing community. Set for Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, the summit will feature a robust agenda. Here are the top reasons to attend:
- Get Up to Speed: The summit will provide a detailed look at Ohio’s existing workforce development programs, while doing a deep dive on how manufacturers can benefit from the $12 million apprenticeship grant recently awarded to the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership.
- Get on the Same Page with Other Manufacturers: Attendees will be briefed on industry sector partnerships, which allow manufacturers in the same region to work together to find common workforce solutions. A lunch-time panel of experts will shed light on the growing use of innovative apprenticeships and how they can be used in tandem with credentialing programs.
- Gather Proven Workforce Strategies: The summit will offer several breakout sessions, presented by some of Ohio’s foremost workforce experts. Gather proven strategies and best practices to grow your region’s workforce.
- Expand Your Ohio Network: At the summit’s Partnership Networking Hour, attendees can network with industry sector partnership representatives from their region in an informal setting.
- Get a Cool T-Shirt: The first 500 who register will get a free “Making Ohio” T-shirt.
Don’t miss out. Register now! 10/10/2019
Last week, we briefed you on Ohio’s new TechCred program. Here’s another reimbursement opportunity for manufacturers who want to grow their workforce talent.
Manufacturers hiring interns through the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) High School Internship Program can be reimbursed 50% of student wages — up to a maximum of $1,500 per student. Interns must be enrolled in one of Ohio’s career tech high schools. Students in welding, CNC machining, engineering, waste management, cyber security, robotics, and alternative energy programs are all eligible.
Funding is available until Sept. 30, 2020 — or until funds are expended, whichever comes first. For more information or to apply, use this email address — or contact your local Ohio MEP Partner based upon the region in which you are located.
Northeast Ohio’s MAGNET notes that last year, 80% of interns in the MEP program were hired at the end of their internship. (Note: The OMA has published guidance for manufacturers interested in having 16- and 17-year-old students work part-time in their facility under the supervision of a mentor.) 10/3/2019
This week, OMA members Amy Meyer of Rhinestahl Corp., Shawn Hendrix of Nissen Chemitech, and Jenny Stupica of ConxusNEO testified before an Ohio Senate panel in support of workforce legislation aimed to enhance and grow Ohio’s skilled workforce. House Bill 2 complements OMA’s workforce development strategy by implementing the new TechCred program, while providing funding for industry sector partnerships. (Ohio manufacturers can apply for the TechCred grant now.)
The OMA submitted a letter in support of HB 2 on behalf of the OMA statewide sector partnership network, thanking state lawmakers for supporting and investing in the sector partnership model. 10/3/2019
The OMA this week submitted support testimony for Senate Bill 181, sponsored by Sen. Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township). The bill would direct the chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education to create a template for workforce-education partnership programs. SB 181 is based off the partnership developed in Butler County between county employers and Miami University — and its regional campuses across the county.
The aim of the model is to have students/employees graduate without student loan debt. Local employers, including manufacturers, pay for tuition and housing for students who work part time while pursing their higher education credentials. In similar programs across the country, companies utilizing such programs have seen higher retention, while education providers have experienced higher graduation rates. 10/3/2019
In August, Ohio’s overall jobless rate was 4.1%, but unemployment once again varied significantly among the 88 counties. According to the monthly map by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Monroe County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 7.4%, with Adams County following at 6.6%. Mercer County, at 2.7%, again had the lowest rate. Wyandot, Auglaize, Delaware, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams, Geauga, Wayne, Hancock, and Holmes counties were also under 3.5%. 9/30/2019
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who oversees the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, this week launched the innovative, new TechCred program, which aims to enhance Ohio’s skilled workforce by reimbursing employers who help current or new employees earn industry-recognized, technology-focused credentials.
Because boosting Ohio’s manufacturing talent pool is a key goal of the program, here are some important details for OMA members:
- Businesses will identify the specific, technology-centric qualifications they need, as well as the employee(s) they want to upskill.
- To qualify for reimbursement of training costs, the employer must partner with a training provider and apply online. Individuals listed in an employer’s application must be Ohio residents with a verifiable Ohio address.
- The state will reimburse up to $2,000 per credential, with a limit of one reimbursement per employee in each funding round.
- Employers can receive up to a total of $30,000 per funding round, and businesses of all sizes are eligible, according to the program guidelines.
- The application period begins Tuesday, Oct. 1, and ends Oct. 31.
The OMA was a strong supporter of the provision in Ohio’s new two-year budget that appropriated $30 million to support this credentialing program. The state intends to fund 20,000 credentials over the next two years. For questions regarding TechCred, use this email address. 9/25/2019
As though you needed another reason to attend the OMA’s Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit — set for Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus — this year’s agenda includes the Partnership Networking Hour. Participants will be able to network with industry sector partnership representatives from their region in an informal setting.
Other summit highlights will include briefings on Ohio’s plan to grow the use of manufacturing apprenticeships, as well as multiple breakout sessions in which subject-matter experts will address workforce issues and provide guidance. Register today to guarantee your seat. 9/26/2019
Federal data show that Ohio’s unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 4.1% from July’s 4.0% — the first increase since January. The number of Ohioans working in August was actually up 3,700 from the previous month, but the unemployment rate rose due to more people seeking a job.
Ohio’s goods-producing industries, with 932,300 jobs, dropped 1,400 jobs from July with losses in manufacturing (-1,200) and construction (-200). Still, more than 703,000 Ohioans were employed in manufacturing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 9/23/2019
Manufacturing Day 2019 is next Friday, Oct. 4. The Buckeye State leads the nation with an impressive 194 MFG Day events, although Michigan and California are nipping at Ohio’s heels. If your company wants to host an event to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, there’s still time to register. Keep in mind that while MFG Day is officially Oct. 4, you can select any day that best fits your schedule.
We’d love to have images from your MFG Day event to share on OMA’s social media — so send us your pics, as well as a brief description. 9/26/2019
The Ohio Senate Finance Committee this week heard sponsor testimony of House-approved legislation (House Bill 2) to expand the use of industry-recognized credentials. Introduced by Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) and Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), HB 2 passed the House 92-3 last spring. In short, the bill is the implementation language for key workforce provisions included in the state’s two-year operating budget (House Bill 166).
Under HB 2, the state would invest $15 million per fiscal year to create a TechCred program to reimburse eligible Ohio employers for training costs for current and prospective employees who want to earn micro-credentials. It would also provide $2.5 million a year to support industry sector partnerships — a key priority of the OMA. 9/18/2019