Northeast Ohio Regional Manufacturing Workforce Meeting

judith crockerOn April 23rd, MAGNET hosted a Northeast Ohio Regional Manufacturing Workforce Meeting.

Representatives from ten grassroots groups located throughout Northeast Ohio with a manufacturing workforce agenda came together to discuss current workforce skills gap issues.

These groups have manufacturers as part of their leadership along with education and economic development partners. The purpose of the meeting was to review some of the best practices in the region that address growing the pipeline of future workers as well as preparing individuals to meet the more immediate skilled worker needs.

The group concluded that the Right Skills Now model currently being piloted by Cuyahoga Community College with Solon-based manufacturer Swagelok with support from MAGNET is a model that could be replicated throughout the region to address the short term needs.

Engaging K12 students in career awareness activities, work-based learning, and internships are ways to develop the future skilled manufacturing workforce. MAGNET is committed to working with the grassroots groups, facilitating local employer engagement, and assisting with sharing of best practices and resources.

Employers interested in getting involved in a local group in their region to address workforce issues can contact Judith Crocker, Director of Workforce & Talent Development  at MAGNET: Judith.crocker@magnetwork.org

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