Youngstown, OH – The Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network’s (The Network) created a group sponsored apprenticeship model, which is now available to manufacturers interested in training industrial maintenance employees and machinists. This U.S. Department of Labor grant provides reimbursement funding to companies located in the Network’s 14 county region (Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage, and Trumbull in Ohio, as well as Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, and Warren in Pennsylvania). Companies who join the group model are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $5,000 per apprentice.
“Employers often express how overwhelming administering an apprenticeship program can be,” said Jessica Borza, The Network’s Project Lead. “Manufacturers from through the 14 counties led the effort to create common standards and curriculum by working together.”
The group sponsored model, now in its second year is focused on industrial maintenance and machining. Experienced staff is available to assist a company to:
- Understand the registered apprenticeship model
- Identify existing models for the occupations employers need
- Connect employers with appropriate resources to assist with their programs
- Draft Standards of Apprenticeship, on-the-job training, and classroom instruction outlines based upon employer input
- Submit group sponsored registration paperwork to the state apprenticeship agency for full recognition in the National Registered Apprenticeship System
- Assist employers with program updates as workforce needs evolve
Bill Hilbert Jr., President of Reddog Industries, has become an early adopter of the group sponsored model apprenticeship due to its strong staff support. “Quite frankly, The Network staff held our hand through the process; and we were relieved to find that many of the things we needed to develop were readily available,” said Hilbert. “It was a little bit scary at first not knowing what exactly we would need to start a qualified apprenticeship program, but we found the group process to be quick and efficient.”
Companies that register a new apprenticeship program and sign-up for The Network’s group sponsored model by September 30, 2017 are eligible for up to $5,000 reimbursement. After September 30, 2017, companies will be eligible for up to $4,000 reimbursement through September 30, 2018. More apprenticeship information is available by clicking here.
The Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship 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. 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. There is a need for manufacturing employees across these 14 counties. The United States Department of Labor recognized this need and awarded the Network a $2.9 million grant focused on building local manufacturing apprenticeship programs.
Erie Regional Manufacturer Partnership
A group of 20 local manufacturers formed ERMP in 2014 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 to collectively identify needs and champion solutions as it relates to developing a robust pipeline and producing a skilled workforce, employs approximately 9,000 individuals.
Founding ERMP companies include American Turned Products, Bliley Technologies/Sunburst, Custom Engineering, Erie Concrete and Steel, Erie Forge & Steel, Erie Press Systems, Erie Strayer, Eriez Magnetics, FMC Technologies, GE Transportation, Industrial Sales & Mfg., Knox Western, Lord Corporation, Machining Concepts, Inc., Maple Donuts, McInnes Rolled Rings, Modern Industries, PSB Industries, Reddog Industries/PHB Incorporated, and Zurn Industries.
Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition
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. Its purpose is to “create 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 area Ohio Technical Centers), all three county boards of education and two public workforce systems.
West Central Job Partnership
West Central Job Partnership (WCJP) serves as the fiscal agent for the America Apprenticeship Initiative grant for The Network. It serves as administrator and operator job training and workforce development programs. Its private sector led board of employers provides strategic leadership towards workforce investment initiatives within Lawrence and Mercer counties.
May 17, 2017 Contact: Vicki Thompson, 330-519-9627; firstname.lastname@example.org