As an Ohio manufacturing business, you face numerous challenges and opportunities heading into 2020. You have a critical role in shaping our manufacturing industry, and this is your chance. Take the 2020 Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Survey, where your anonymous response will help inform our economic development organizations, influence our legislators, create new training programs and shape existing ones, and much more. To thank you for your 15 minutes, we’ll send you a business book of your choice for free, make a donation in your honor to Harvest for Hunger, offer you a free subscription to IndustryWeek, give you a free ticket to attend the Results Rollout event in February, send you the full report, and more! Now is a critical time for our region’s manufacturing, and we need to hear your voice (and those of your colleagues!) by the survey deadline on January 31st.

Why Manufacturing?

Manufacturing accounts for more than 700,000 jobs in Ohio

The average employee salary for skilled workers in Ohio amounts to $52,000

Ohio ranks 3rd in the nation for manufacturing employment

Ohio manufacturing accounts for 17.77% of the total state output while employing 12.5% of the workforce

For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy. It’s the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector

For every job added in manufacturing, another 4 jobs are added elsewhere

Over the next decade, nearly 3 1/2 million manufacturing jobs will be needed in the U.S. and 2 million of those are expected to go unfilled

If you have manufacturing hiring needs or your organization works with clients who may be a great fit for a career in manufacturing, join us as we work together to develop solutions to help the manufacturing sector gain access to a skilled workforce.

Key Strategies

Align the talent system

Build the high school career pipeline

Generate awareness of manufacturing career opportunities and training for adults

Five recent graduates celebrate employment straight out of high school

Girls in STEM ' Teenagers explore manufacturing jobs

Next Sector Partnership Meeting 

Thursday, January 23 | 7:30-9:30am | Andrew Jackson House

Industry Led . Demand Driven . Data Informed . Collective Action

Manufacturing has been the heart and soul of our community for many years, positioning Akron, Summit County and Northeast Ohio as a competitive regional economy and global player. Our goal is to ensure companies have access to the talent they need to remain competitive and grow. It’s also important to us that every resident can access good-paying jobs that lead to great careers in manufacturing. So, we support manufacturing leaders to collaborate with education and training partners to design curriculum that prepares people with relevant skills. Workforce partners are at the table to build capacity to connect people with opportunities. And together, partners generate solutions to fill gaps in the talent supply chain and remove barriers to employment.

There is no more pressing issue among Ohio manufacturers than recruiting, retaining and training workers for short term success and long-term sustainability.

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA) has partnered with California State University, SkillsCommons to provide easy access to high-quality FREE and OPEN training resources for Ohio manufacturers and their workforce partners!

You’ll find high-quality programs which can be offered in-house or in partnership with local educational institutions. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Create your optimum training program by reviewing and customizing the SkillsCommons training materials, developed by community colleges nationwide and evaluated by Ohio manufacturing subject matter experts to ensure quality.

  • The training materials have been evaluated by subject matter experts, including industry experts, to ensure quality.
  • An OMA-SkillsCommons commissioned work group curated content for Ohio’s manufacturers.
  • The resources in SkillsCommons are available to users at NO CHARGE through the Creative Commons CC BY licensing agreement so users can customize the materials, including rebranding, to meet their requirements.

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