Innovate. Design. Make. Manufacturing Careers in Ohio


Info for ManufacturersClosing the Skills Gap

Manufacturers can close the skills gap by helping to create the next generation talent pool in their community. Employer “ambassadors” can change the outdated image of manufacturing by engaging with educators, students, and parents.  Telling your company story and describing the career opportunities available will show that American manufacturing is resurging and offers steady employment and career advancement opportunities in modern, safe facilities.

Engage with Others and Become Part of the Solution

You are passionate about what you do and by engaging with others, students will see the manufacturing world for the first time.  Knowing about an industry that innovates, designs, and makes products can be an exciting prospect for young audiences.  Teaming-up with other like-minded companies and fellow Ambassadors, can go a long way in making an impact and speaking with a unified voice. It is important to initiate and form meaningful and long-term partnerships with schools at all levels (K-16) to grow your talent pipeline, whether by yourself at first or with a group of companies.

What Can You Do?

Ohio Dream It. Do It. partners can assist you with a variety of Ambassador activities based on your schedule and resources.

  • Speak at schools to parents, teachers, and counselors who influence students’ career decision-making and show-off your products
  • Speak and interact with middle school and high school students to increase awareness of manufacturing and career opportunities
  • Provide a real-world manufacturing problem for career-tech students to solve in their classroom
  • With other manufacturers, assist students with competitions including robotics, and STEM projects (science, technology, engineering and math)
  • Offer work-based internships for high school and college students to gain real-world experience in manufacturing and be the first to interview them upon graduation
  • Participate in local career fairs
  • Encourage educators and training providers to deliver industry – recognized skill certifications to their students
  • Provide suggestions for curriculum enhancements
  • Host a facility tour for a first-hand look at modern manufacturing during October which is Ohio's Manufacturing Month or at other convenient times throughout the year
  • Serve on a school business advisory board to offer meaningful and regular input on manufacturing programs.

How do I get involved with Dream It. Do It.?

Contact your local regional manufacturing partner and request an Employer Ambassador Quick Start Guide.

Looking for Talent Now?

Ohio Means Jobs is a free portal that allows employers to post vacant positions and search millions of resumes. Ohio Means Jobs is a valuable resource to find qualified individuals who have the skills and want to work in advanced manufacturing.

Ohio Means Jobs Centers are established throughout the state. These Centers can partner with your company and regional schools to find qualified job seekers near your facility. Use this map to find your local Center.

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