Scaling Apprenticeships

(Issue Date: 11/20/2020; Response date: 12/15/2020

ConxusNEO, project manager for Region 10 of the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership, is initiating this Request For Proposal (RFP) to seek educational institutions partnering with manufacturers in the region to support the development of apprenticeship programs in Portage, Stark and Summit Counties.  This work will be done through recruitment of participants, ensuring their retention in the apprenticeship program; recruitment of employers providing earn and learn opportunities for participants; and providing related instructional training to apprentices in production, machining, welding, and industrial maintenance career pathways.  This project is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant.

ConxusNEO will publish all workforce-related RFPs on this page. Instructions for submitting a proposal can be found within the RFP document.

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Video: Kent Display and Excelsior Marking talk about repurposing & retooling to make PPE.

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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.

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Key Strategies

Align the talent system

Build the high school career pipeline

Generate awareness of manufacturing career opportunities and training for adults

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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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Thank you for all you are doing to maintain the supply chains to produce critical equipment for our healthcare partners.  We commend you for your willingness to repurpose and retool your facilities to increase production of these supplies to keep our community safe.

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