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Guidance for Ohio’s New Manufacturing Mentorship Program

September 20, 2019

Due to the overwhelming interest in the new Ohio Manufacturing Mentorship Program — which was included in the final version of the state budget this year — the OMA has put together this short guidance document with OMA legal counsel Bricker & Eckler LLP.

While the new program won’t become effective until at least October, the Ohio Department of Commerce has begun to work on the rules to implement it. Under the new law, 16- and 17-year-old students will be allowed to work part-time in a manufacturing facility under the guidance of a mentor — giving students the opportunity to gain exposure to manufacturing careers while still in high school. The OMA led the charge on getting this provision into law.

If you would like to help provide guidance to the Ohio Department of Commerce as they work on the implementation rules, please contact the OMA’s Rob Brundrett. 9/19/2019

Register for OMA’s Workforce Summit; Get a Cool T-Shirt

September 20, 2019

It’s time to register for the OMA’s Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit. The event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus. This year’s summit agenda will provide an opportunity to learn about recent efforts to grow Ohio’s manufacturing talent through the use of earn-and-learn models, industry-led partnerships, and other innovative strategies.

Attendees will hear from state officials and workforce experts, while gaining insight to help them expand and enhance their local labor force. The first 500 who register will get a free “Making Ohio” T-shirt. If your business is interested in sponsoring a full table (with eight seats for your guests), please contact OMA staff. 9/16/2019

Reminder: Take Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Survey

September 20, 2019

Want to see more attention given to manufacturing’s workforce shortage? Make your voice heard via the In-Demand Jobs Survey for employers.

Gov. Mike DeWine has called the survey “one of the most important tools the state uses to direct its workforce development efforts.” Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, who oversees the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, has noted there are currently more than 200 in-demand occupations in Ohio — and 148,000 openings within those fields.

To ensure that policymakers are fully aware of the need for more skilled talent, take part in the In-Demand Jobs Survey. 9/16/19

A Plan to Boost Ohio’s Manufacturing Workforce

September 13, 2019

In a guest column published this week by and The Plain Dealer, OMA President Eric Burkland and MAGNET President and CEO Ethan Karp described their comprehensive plan for boosting manufacturing employment, training, and apprenticeships in Ohio.

Key pillars of the plan include growing Ohio’s regional sector partnerships; boosting earning-while-learning opportunities; introducing more K-12 students to manufacturing; and expanding use of industry-recognized credentials. These strategies will be covered in depth at the OMA’s Oct. 29 Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit in Columbus.

If you have questions about the OMA’s scaling apprenticeship efforts in coordination with OhioTechNet and Ohio’s numerous regional sector partnerships, e-mail the OMA workforce team. 9/11/2019

Additions to Ohio’s Industry-Recognized Credentials

September 13, 2019

The Ohio Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation have announced additions to Ohio’s Industry-Recognized Credentials List. An industry-recognized credential is third-party verification of an individual’s qualifications or competence in specific skill sets.

In manufacturing, the following credentials have been added:

  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS): Basic Hydraulic Systems, Basic Mechanical Systems, Basic Pneumatic Systems.
  • Fuji Automatic Numerical Control (FANUC) Certified Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining Center Programming, Setup, and Operation.
  • FANUC Certified CNC Turning Center Programming, Setup, and Operation.
  • NIMS: Electrical Systems, Electronic Control Systems, and Process Control Systems.
  • NIMS: Maintenance Operations, Maintenance Piping, Maintenance Welding.
  • IPC Association Connecting Electronics.
  • American Welding Society Welder Qualification.

An updated FY2020 Industry Recognized Credentials list is expected to be posted soon. 9/9/2019

Ohio Leads Nation with More Than 150 MFG Day Events

September 13, 2019


When it comes to Manufacturing Day, Ohio means business. At last check, the Buckeye State led the nation with an impressive 151 MFG Day events.

The OMA encourages manufacturers to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. Then promote your event! There’s still time to register your company as a host. While MFG Day is officially Oct. 4, you can schedule an event on any day that best fits your schedule. 9/12/2019




Say Cheese! OMA Wants Your Manufacturing Pics

September 6, 2019

The OMA often needs great photos that showcase Ohio’s manufacturing settings — for example, to promote our upcoming Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit set for Oct. 29.

If you have photos you’re able to share, please send them our way. We especially love photos of students in your facility, as well as shots of high-demand occupations, including welding, machining, industrial maintenance, robotics, and automation.

We have a few tips, but are open to your discretion. Horizontal photos are best, sized to 1024 x 768 pixels, or 1400 x 1050 pixels, while .png or .jpg image files are preferred. Send them via email to this inbox. 9/3/2019

Apprenticeship Webinar Set for Wednesday, Sept. 11

September 6, 2019

This Wednesday, Sept. 11, the OMA will host a special webinar to spotlight “earn-and-learn” programs and expanded apprenticeship models that can help address today’s workforce challenges.

As we’ve previously reported, the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP) — led by the OMA and Ohio TechNet — was recently awarded a $12 million U.S. Department of Labor grant as part of an effort to expand the use of apprenticeships in key industry sectors. This webinar will provide insight into how industry-led sector partnerships will be the system for achieving apprenticeship expansion goals, while also providing an overview of the required components of OMWP apprenticeships. In addition, the webinar will present how national partners will provide technical assistance and third-party validation and certification of local apprenticeship programs.

To register, call (800) 662-4463 or click here. 9/4/2019

Still Time to Take Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Survey

September 6, 2019

InnovateOhio and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation are still gathering feedback ahead of the creation of the state’s new In-Demand Jobs list. The survey is open through September and can be found here.

Survey results will shape the new in-demand jobs list, which will be published at the end of 2019 to help training providers, educators, and workforce professionals learn the hiring needs of Ohio employers. 9/3/2019

Certificates, Licenses Boost Workforce Participation

September 6, 2019

Manufacturers have long known the value of skills certification. Now here’s more proof. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that labor force participation rates are substantially higher for people who have a professional certification or occupational license compared to those without such credentials.

In 2018, the U.S. workforce participation rate was 87.7% for workers who had such credentials, compared with 57.8% for those without. Those with certifications or licenses had higher participation rates, regardless of education level. See the BLS chart for the comparisons. 9/5/2019