YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition is on track to receive $930,000 over the next three years as part of a $23.4 million award to the Ohio Manufacturers Association.
The grant was awarded through the Economic Development Administration’s American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge program, which was announced earlier in the day.
MVMC is part of the Ohio Manufacturing Association’s manufacturing sector partnership network across the state that will receive funding from this grant to complete specific recruitment and development elements of the industry development action plan. Association workforce in the Mahoning Valley.
“This investment will allow us to build on the momentum created by our WorkAdvance program, Ohio To Work, apprenticeship and other development efforts,” said Jessica Borza, executive director of MVMC. “It will also allow us to continue our outreach activities at the local level and build on partnerships with the Regional Chamber, National Center for Urban Solutions, SOD Center, Technical Centers of Ohio, Eastern Gateway Community College and other local entities.”
The Ohio Manufacturers Association is the lead applicant and primary system entity for the grant. He is one of just 32 programs out of 509 applicants across the country to receive part of $500 million in federal funds aimed at getting Americans back to work by strengthening workforce partnerships that lead to well-paying jobs. .
More than 1,600 manufacturers make up the Ohio Manufacturers Association’s statewide network, including 120 who have submitted Letters of Commitment to find new recruits under this initiative.
In total, these employers indicated a demand for more than 25,000 hires over the next five years at an annual wage of $17.60/hour. This reflects prevailing wages for the in-demand occupations targeted by the machining, production, welding, industrial maintenance, automation and robotics initiative.
In total, these targeted occupations are expected to have more than 50,000 annual job openings and 150,000 openings over the next 36 months in Ohio.
The initiative prioritizes Ohio’s 32 Appalachian communities, eight largest urban counties, and underrepresented groups in the manufacturing workforce, including people of color, women, veterans, and returning citizens.
In response to regional needs and the needs of target populations, industry sector partnerships will run an entry-level learn and earn program modeled after MVMC’s WorkAdvance program to prepare a future workforce.
The strategy, which gives employers the opportunity to build a workforce trained to their specific needs, includes recruitment, pre-selection, preparation for vocational training, integration, as well as elements of ongoing support and development. professional supervision.
“Ultimately, the Good Jobs Challenge grant will lay the foundation for exponential and ongoing impacts beyond the 36-month grant period by operationalizing new and sustainable training programs, formalizing benchmark partnerships, accelerating the momentum of ISPs and sparking the interest of underrepresented communities in manufacturing careers,” said Ryan Augsburger, president of the Ohio Manufacturers Association.
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