• Overview

    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition brings together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.
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Support Investments for Building Regional Industry Sector Partnerships!

Support Investments for Building Regional Industry Sector Partnerships!

The Ohio Workforce Coalition Leadership Committee requests your endorsement of a policy
proposal to create regional industry sector partnerships throughout the state to close skills gaps
in key industries and put Ohioans back to work into well-paying jobs. The Regional Industry
Sector Partnerships Grant Program would fund regional consortia’ of employers, Workforce Investment Boards, chambers of commerce, labor and industry associations, economic development agencies, community colleges, adult education providers, and other partners to provide demand-driven training that addresses acute skills shortages hampering the growth of Ohio’s targeted industries.

Endorse Now! http://www.wsos.org/endorsement/

Moving Ohio Forward

Ohio has made significant job gains since the official end of the 2007-09 recession. Unemployment is down nearly 4% and the state has netted more than 140,000 jobs. Even with these gains though, too many Ohioans, nearly 400,000 in November, are still looking for work.

But for all this good news, employers from across the state report difficulty in finding qualified applicants for open positions, and real median wages continue to fall, dropping more than 45 cents in the last calendar year alone. In 2011, Ohio was tied with Maine for median wages–trailing 28 other states. Ohio employers and workers deserve a better system.

An Opportunity to Invest in Ohio’s Workers and Industries

Ohio should invest in the Ohio Workforce Coalition’s recommendation to fund regional sector partnerships to ensure Ohio’s employers have the skilled worker pipeline they need to compete and grow, and Ohioans have the skills they need for in-demand jobs. The Regional Industry Sector Partnerships Grant Fund ($10 million over the 2014-2015 biennial budget) would support up to 30 industry sector partnerships through a competitive grant process, ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 per year for two years. Funds would support regional consortia in the development and implementation of employer and worker responsive training for priority industries in their regions. In two years, this program would train more than 10,000 Ohioans for in-demand jobs and help at least 750 employers meet their workforce needs. Long term, this program would create regional capacity to efficiently coordinate and target Ohio’s workforce programs to meet the needs of key industries.

Read More – https://ohiowfc.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/ohio-sector-stategy-proposal.pdf

Please Endorse Now! http://www.wsos.org/endorsement/

Thank you for your continued commitment to promoting policies that build the skills of Ohio’s workforce, meet the needs of employers, and strengthen our workforce system.

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