This month, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow launched the Ohio Manufacturing Careers Council, an Ohio industry-led initiative to further develop manufacturing skills in youth and adults. The council, which has secured more than $697,000 in funding commitments, will increase partnerships among Ohio manufacturing firms and the state’s workforce and education systems to ensure a continued pipeline of well-trained workers, officials said.
LIFT, one of the founding institutes in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, said Ohio companies plan to add another 25,600 workers to their payrolls in advanced manufacturing over the next decade, increasing employment 3.4 percent in these fields.
"Select Industries, like all other manufacturing companies, struggles every day to find qualified candidates to fill our open manufacturing jobs." DRMA President Angelia Erbaugh said a statewide focus on manufacturing careers is essential for the continued growth of the industry. The council’s formation is a "step in the right direction," she said.
DRMA has been working with the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network in Cleveland and the Partners for a Competitive Workforce in Cincinnati to develop common messaging about the industry’s career opportunities across the state.
"There are a lot of manufacturers who have been very proactive in reaching out to local schools, banding together to try to come up with strategies at the local or regional level related to image. There are a lot of great things going on. Our job at the state level will be how do we loop all those together, honor what is going on in those areas and then create an overall state strategy."