News and Analysis
On Tuesday, March 3, be on the lookout for an email from OMA President Eric Burkland with a link to a members-only survey. This survey is being conducted to gather input about a statewide initiative to attract and train individuals for successful careers in manufacturing companies through regional partnerships across Ohio. The program is funded by a $12 million, four-year U.S. Department of Labor grant and led by OMA and its partner Ohio TechNet, collectively known as the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP).
The survey is anonymous, takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete, and will close at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. Manufacturer participation is essential to the initiative; input from those with direct responsibility and/or influence over decisions related to recruiting, hiring, training or workforce development initiatives is especially critical. (Note: Not all members will receive the survey.) 2/27/2020
How do we build education pathways that can address the skills gap? Here’s one possible solution: Let’s embed high-quality, industry-recognized certifications into college degree programs. Read this IndustryWeek article. 2/27/2020
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted is asking Ohio business leaders to participate in a new survey that will help policymakers develop a high school internship program aimed at attracting more young people to technology-related career fields, including manufacturing. Participate in this important survey by March 20. 2/27/2020
Last week, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and The Manufacturing Institute unveiled the “Creators Wanted” campaign — a nationwide effort to reshape perception of manufacturing and confront the industry’s growing skills gap.
The campaign will feature an on-the-ground, interactive mobile tour designed to inspire Americans in more than 20 states — including Ohio — to pursue high-tech, high-paying jobs in modern manufacturing. The tour will kick off in Cincinnati this September, featuring interactive exhibits, thought leadership forums, and entertainment to showcase the future of modern manufacturing. 2/17/2020
How can your business benefit from Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week, set for May 4-8? This statewide recognition of Ohio’s high-demand careers provides an opportunity to spotlight manufacturing for students, parents and educators.
At last week’s OMA Workforce Leadership meeting, Emily Fabiano, director of strategy and operations for the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, encouraged manufacturers to host In-Demand Jobs Week events. She pointed out: “Nothing is more powerful in promoting manufacturing than an in-person experience.” Last year, more than 400 events were held across Ohio.
If your business wants to register an event for this May, contact the OWT. 2/11/2020
Good news from the Youngstown area as The Business Journal this week profiled the work of the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition (MVMC), an industry sector partnership comprised of more than 40 area manufacturing companies working together to address their region’s workforce challenges. Last year, the MVMC enrolled 478 participants in its targeted apprenticeship and training programs — a big increase from 2018.
You have the opportunity to be involved in your regional manufacturing sector partnership. If you have questions or you want to join OMA’s Workforce Community in order to receive OMA workforce information and event invitations, email us. 2/11/2020
This week, the OMA’s Workforce Leadership Committee held its first meeting of 2020 to update the association’s Workforce Services strategies, goals and measures for the year.
Led by Scot McLemore — manager of talent acquisition and deployment at Honda North America — the meeting focused on initiatives that enable Ohio’s manufacturers to work together to ensure adequate future talent, as documented in the OMA’s 2020 Workforce Roadmap. OMA-ledinitiatives include expanded use of industry-recognized credentials, “work-and-learn” (apprenticeship) strategies, expansion of the Making Ohio brand, and continued development of the state’s network of industry sector partnerships.
Ohio manufacturers are encouraged to get involved with their local sector partnership to solve their local workforce challenges. 2/5/2020
Scenes from this week’s OMA Workforce Leadership Committee meeting.
Earlier this week in Marietta, the Appalachian Ohio Manufacturers Coalition (AOMC) held its first quarterly gathering, which was attended by OMA President Eric Burkland. As one of Ohio’s manufacturing sector partnerships, the AOMC seeks to grow the region’s workforce.
As reported by The Marietta Times, Lt. Gov. Husted also attended the event. Bernie Anderson, president of OMA-member Miba Bearings in McConnelsville and a founding member of the AOMC, said the group is focused on training. “We need higher and higher levels of technology, and we need an educated workforce to manage the robotics,” Anderson said. 2/5/2020
February is Career and Technical Education Month. Let’s take a moment to recognize the workforce development efforts of Ohio’s 50-plus technical centers, which educate students in the trade skills, including in manufacturing. The Ohio Department of Education has launched the #CareerTechOhio campaign on its social media channels. Join the OMA in helping spread the word about the important work being carried out by Ohio’s tech centers. 2/5/2020
Connections Partner RSM has invited OMA members to its upcoming CFO Club meetings in Northeast and Southwest Ohio to explore technology solutions that can enhance your workforce. Both events are free to OMA members.
RSM’s Feb. 19 meeting in Independence will address on your company’s technology spend, as well as the potential benefits of robotic process automation. The Feb. 26 meeting in West Chester will explore technology solutions to make businesses more efficient with their human workforce. A light breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. at both events, with the presentation starting at 8 a.m. CPE credits are offered. 2/3/2020