Expansion of Workforce Voucher Program Introduced


This week, Reps. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) and Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) provided sponsor testimony on House Bill 429, which would allow automotive technicians and motor vehicle technicians employed at retail stores to be eligible to participate in the state’s Incumbent Workforce Voucher Program. This program is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency and provides grants to employers for incumbent workforce training. This bill would create an expansion of the very popular program.   It was designed to support targeted growth industries, including advanced manufacturing, automotive, and food processing, among others. The General Assembly allocated $7.5 million in both fiscal years, 2016 and 2017, for the program.