With TPMA staffing the OMA’s manufacturing workforce efforts, industry sector partnerships have become the system for delivering industry-driven solutions to workforce training and supply challenges and Ohio’s key workforce change strategy. With advocacy from the OMA’s Workforce Leadership Committee, Ohio’s Governor and his administration have embraced sector partnerships as a strategy for change, providing state-level funding for sector partnerships. The OMA workforce services team, led by TPMA, has forged partnerships with the Ohio TechNet, a consortium of community colleges and state universities, forming the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP). In 2019, the OMWP was awarded a $12 million Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This grant will support the adoption and expansion of industry recognized apprenticeship programs and registered apprenticeship pathways through sector partnerships, engaging 500+ employers and 5,000 apprentices over the next four years.
The OMA’s Workforce Services team and their industry champions have been a driver of educational innovation in Ohio, working with the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Ohio TechNet, and the Ohio Technical Centers to drive statewide alignment around industry recognized credentials, high school graduation requirements, and post-secondary completion.