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Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation outlines workforce development: A Strategic Priority and speaks about collaborating with the Ohio Workforce Coalition

As published in the September 1, 2013 Toledo Business Journal
Toledo Business Journal recently interviewed Tracy Intihar. Intihar is the director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation having been appointed at the creation of this entity in 2012.

Toledo Business Journal: A set of strategic priorities was established when the Office of Workforce Transformation was created in 2012. One of the priorities was to identify the most urgent needs of businesses in Ohio. Can you update progress in this area?

Tracy Intihar: Identifying and summarizing businesses’ workforce needs has become the foundation for much of our workforce reform work. We believe that to better understand the problems and influence change, we need to aggregate the workforce needs of an industry. The current system and practice supports “one-off solutions” for business, typically working with an education provider or the local workforce system. We believe we can expand the talent pipeline of workers for employers more efficiently by addressing the workforce needs of an industry.

Our work to identify and summarize the needs of business includes three important data sources: 1) current State jobs data collected to meet federal requirements, 2) data summarized from OhioMeansJobs, Ohio’s online matching tool, tracks company postings to identify trends and shortages, and 3) a survey tool sent to 2,000 of Ohio’s top businesses in priority industry clusters.

Ohio is prepared to provide a summary of in-demand jobs for the state, by region and industry in early 2014, and in a four-county (Lucas, Clark, Belmont, and Stark) pilot in September. We will make the information available on OhioMeansJobs.com to provide information to students and job changers about the best opportunities. We also want to use the information to create dialogue in industries with the most urgent shortages to better understand the gaps in the system and to make a plan to address the gaps.

TBJ: Another strategic priority is to align the skills needs of employers with the training offerings of the education system in Ohio. Can you update progress in this area?

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