News and Analysis
It’s estimated that only 40% of Ohioans are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow — including jobs in manufacturing. That’s why on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. (EDT), Ohio’s public television stations will showcase our state’s vibrant career-tech learning community in a new documentary, The Career Path Less Taken. The program provides a look at Ohio’s innovative career-tech education programs (CTE) that are preparing young people for in-demand jobs. It also challenges traditional notions of success by demonstrating there are many pathways to skilled jobs that do not require a four-year college degree.
In July, the unemployment rate rose in 87 Ohio counties and dropped in one, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. This despite the state’s overall jobless rate remaining at 4%.
Monroe County had the highest unemployment rate, at 7.5%, with Athens, Meigs, Adams, Scioto, Huron, and Trumbull counties also at or above 6.5%. Mercer County, at 2.9%, had the lowest rate. Wyandot, Auglaize, Putnam, and Holmes counties were also at or below 3.5%. See the county unemployment rate map. 8/26/2019
This week, Cleveland-area manufacturers — led by the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) — announced a plan to hire 3,000 people over three years to help close the skills gap. MAGNET is part of the OMA’s statewide network of regional sector partnerships.
The plan aims to make Greater Cleveland the nation’s “manufacturing capital,” according to a Cleveland.com article. MAGNET research shows that between 1,500 and 2,000 manufacturing jobs currently go unfilled in Cuyahoga County, even as 60% of local manufacturers say they would expand faster if they could hire more skilled workers.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted posted this video to commend the partnership on their workforce efforts. 8/21/2019
On 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 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 the administration’s effort to expand apprenticeships on a national scale in key industry sectors.
The webinar will give participants insight into how OMA-supported, industry-led regional sector partnerships will be the system for achieving apprenticeship expansion goals. Register here or call (800) 662-4463 for more details. 8/22/2019
A new survey finds that 60% of U.S. business leaders expect they will soon be using artificial intelligence (AI) or advanced automation to improve operations, staffing, budgeting, or performance — up from the 24% who are already doing so. According to a report from Genesys, 57% of employers surveyed said they were enthusiastic about new workplace technology including AI, robotics, and augmented reality. Some 30% of employers said they expect workforce reductions due to AI adoption, while 53% said they don’t anticipate major staffing changes. 8/19/2019
Manufacturing Day 2019, set for Oct. 4, is just around the corner. At last check, Ohio had a best-in-the-nation 71 locations already registered to host visitors for this annual celebration of modern manufacturing aimed at inspiring young people to consider manufacturing careers.
The OMA encourages all members to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. If you haven’t already done so, you can still register your company as a host. The process takes only a few minutes and gives you access to resources, puts your company out front as a leader, and allows others in your community to find you. 8/20/2019
A new survey of more than 18,500 manufacturing and logistics employees across 45 states provides valuable insight on what blue-collar workers are looking for — beyond wages and job security. Conducted by industrial staffing firm EmployBridge, the feedback shows most workers are eager to learn new skills that involve more complex problem-solving and decision-making.
According to the survey, 90% of workers voiced an interest in apprenticeships, with 38% saying they were “extremely interested.” It also found that due to the strong demand for skilled labor, 26% of respondents said they are actively pursuing new jobs, while an additional 30% would consider a new job if an opportunity presented itself. 8/8/2019
Industry-Recognized Credentials can be a key tool for workforce development. But how can Ohio’s manufacturers best utilize them? Find out by participating in the OMA’s one-hour webinar set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. Presenters will be Montez King, executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), and Monica Pfarr, executive director of the AWS Foundation, American Welding Society®. To register or for more details, click here. 8/8/2019
A recent report by Manufacturing Works — a manufacturing advocacy partner for the Cleveland area — urges the Cleveland school district and the private sector to work together to train more students for manufacturing careers. The report emphasizes the need for such skills-training particularly in the city’s eastern and southeastern suburbs.
In Cleveland.com‘s story on the report’s findings, it’s noted that “as few as 300 students graduate each year from manufacturing-related vocational programs in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties, while those communities have 4,300 job openings requiring training annually.” Dan T. Moore, owner of the Dan T. Moore Company and the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center, is quoted as saying training needs to start in the fifth or sixth grade since “passion at that age comes from making something.” 8/5/2019
Industry-Recognized Credentials are all the buzz lately, but what are they and how can manufacturers best utilize them for workforce development? Find out by participating in the OMA’s one-hour webinar set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. Presenters will be Montez King, executive director of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), and Monica Pfarr, the executive director of the AWS Foundation, American Welding Society®. To register or for more details, click here. 8/1/2019