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By registering your event on the MFG Day map, you’ll make certain that more people know about it — and you’ll help ensure that Ohio manufacturing continues to lead the way in workforce development. 9/15/2022
As manufacturers adopt new technologies and increase automation of their processes, it’s important that employees are skilled in Lean practices. Thanks to grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, the OMA is offering a discounted Lean Six Sigma green belt course for members.
Completely virtual and collaborative, this program is open to manufacturing employees across Ohio. Email the OMA’s Rebecca Andriani for more information. 9/6/2022
The Manufacturing Institute — the workforce development partner of the National Association of Manufacturers — has joined with Union Pacific to expand candidate pools and bring more individuals into the manufacturing industry through second-chance hiring. This report spotlights three components that Union Pacific found were critical to helping second-chance candidates find jobs and succeed. 9/7/2022
As a reminder, Ohio manufacturers have another opportunity this month to apply for state funds to be used to improve employees’ skills. As summarized in this insight from OMA Connections Partner HBK, Ohio’s TechCred program will accept employer applications for funding until 3 p.m. Sept. 30. 9/7/2022
MFG Day (along with MFG Month) is the industry’s biggest annual opportunity to inspire the next generation to consider manufacturing careers. This year, MFG Day falls on Oct. 7.
Need guidance when planning your MFG Day or MFG Month event? The Manufacturing Institute has helpful resources.
If your business is hosting an event, register it on the national MFG Day map — regardless of event type or date. The OMA wants to ensure Ohio once again leads the way in manufacturing workforce development. 8/31/2022
On Aug. 31, Ohio’s leading business groups — including the OMA — met in Lima to discuss the top challenges and opportunities facing employers. Workforce concerns dominated the Ohio Big 6 Business Leaders’ Regional Thought Roundtable, as noted in this report.
In his comments to the Allen County crowd, the OMA’s Nick Miller, director of member services, highlighted the OMA’s nation-leading workforce development efforts and its partnership with community colleges, career-tech schools, and four-year institutions to ensure that manufacturers’ talent needs are met. 9/1/2022
On Sept. 15, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, along with the U.S. Department of Labor and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, will host a complimentary webinar on eliminating barriers to recruiting and hiring formerly incarcerated individuals. The webinar will demonstrate the benefits of becoming a “second chance employer.” Register here. 8/31/2022
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted has announced the results of July’s round of TechCred in which 348 employers were approved for funding, thereby providing the opportunity for Ohioans to earn 3,855 tech-focused credentials.
With these approvals, a total of 1,958 Ohio employers have been approved for funding under TechCred, supporting the earning of 48,632 tech-focused credentials by employees.
The September application round of TechCred is now open. 9/1/2022
Industry sector partnerships (ISPs) are fueling Ohio’s success in developing manufacturing talent by fostering collaboration and resource-sharing at the local level.
The OMA has published this updated directory, which spotlights 14 OMA-endorsed ISPs, including the most recent to be endorsed — BESTOhio Sector Partnership, which serves six counties in southwest Ohio.
To be part of the workforce solution, OMA members are encouraged to connect with the ISP serving their region, or email Sara Tracey for help organizing. 8/25/2022
The next application round for the Ohio TechCred program will be held throughout September, giving employers the chance to upskill employees and be reimbursed up to $2,000 per credential. Check out the OMA’s one-page summary for more information or help applying for reimbursement.
Through 14 application rounds, a total of 1,891 Ohio employers have been approved for funding through the TechCred program, supporting the earning of 44,777 tech-focused credentials by employees. 8/24/2022