What is Industry Needs You?
Launched in 2014, “Industry Needs You” is an outreach campaign created on behalf of the Oh-Penn Manufacturing Collaborative, a partnership between the Industry Partners of Lawrence and Mercer Counties of Pennsylvania and the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition. The mission of this joint effort is to stimulate interest in manufacturing careers among young people of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania across multiple disciplines, and connect them with the opportunities available to them.
Manufacturing remains a major source of employment in this region and, contrary to popular opinion, many great jobs in manufacturing are still available. Skilled trades are the third most in-demand employment category — after engineering and nursing — in the United States.
Who is behind Industry Needs You?
The Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network (The Network) was formed in 2015 and spans across 14 counties. These counties include Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, Geauga and Ashtabula in Ohio, as well as Mercer, Lawrence, Erie, Crawford, Venango, Clarion, Warren, and Forest in Pennsylvania. In addition, 5 sector partnerships partners to form The Network.
This region has 2,833 manufacturing openings annually. In addition 6,686 adults over age 55 will retire from the industry within the next 10 years. Manufacturing employees are needed across these 14 counties. The United States Department of Labor recognized this need and awarded the Network a $3 million grant focused on building local manufacturing apprenticeship programs.
Why these Sector Partnerships?
Recognizing the regional labor market spans the state border and includes Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties in Ohio and Mercer and Lawrence Counties in Pennsylvania, the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition (MVMC) and the Manufacturing Industry Partnership of Lawrence and Mercer Counties (PA IP) have joined forces to form the Oh-Penn Manufacturing Collaborative.
The two sector partnerships will work collaboratively under this new umbrella brand to promote their common missions and goals—to increase the manufacturing skilled workforce in the region and create more seamless manufacturing career pathways.
The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition (MVMC) was formed in September 2011 by a group of small- and medium-sized, locally-owned manufacturers in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties in Ohio solely for the purpose of “creating educational pathways to meet the needs of member companies for a skilled workforce.” The group is a grassroots effort led by industry with representation from all public institutions of higher education (Youngstown State University, Kent State University Regional Campuses, Eastern Gateway Community College and all four Career & Technical Centers), all three county boards of education and two public workforce systems.
ERMP was formed in 2014 by a group of twenty local manufacturers to develop and implement a plan that will result in the ability to identify, qualify, and recruit individuals for employment and training to meet the skilled workforce needs of member companies and to create greater opportunities for individuals in the community to enter into and advance along manufacturing career pathways. This grassroots effort led by industry partners with other organizations and institutions to collectively identify needs and champion solutions as it relates to developing a robust pipeline and producing a skilled workforce.
The Portage County Manufacturer Coalition (PCMC) was formed by regional manufacturers to share ideas and resources to promote development of a skilled workforce; to identify the skills needed by current employees and the future workforce; to engage local educators – on the elementary, secondary, and college levels – to develop and strengthen curricula that will meet the needs identified by the PCMC; and to identify and build awareness of manufacturers in Portage County and the career pathways to enter and succeed in skilled, high-wage occupations. The group is a grassroots effort led by industry and focused on creating a demand-driven mechanism for ongoing dialogue among industry, education, and the public workforce system to ensure manufacturing remains an important part of the regional economy.