The North Central Ohio Region Industry Manufacturers Workforce Alliance includes (but not limited to) Crawford, Delaware, Hardin, Marion, Morrow, Union & Wyandot Counties and works to convene, educate, and mobilize key stakeholders in the region to promote development of a skilled workforce.
Industry manufacturers do not have enough skilled talent to fill jobs now and in the future. In order, to be competitive, grow and thrive these businesses need skilled talent.
To advocate and promote careers in industry manufacturing
Industry manufacturers – ability to find skilled talent to compete and grow
Talent – ability to secure good jobs, provide financial stability
Region – ability to attract/retain companies, grow economy
The catalyst behind this project is the shortage of semi-skilled to high-skilled workers for industrial robotics and advanced manufacturing operations, initially in Crawford, Hardin, Marion and Wyandot Counties.
Michael "Mac" McVey and Frank Gibson conducted a study sponsored by The Ohio State University to solve the skills-gap issue in this four-county region, communities and educational institutions must understand the competencies that businesses are seeking. This grant funded research to identify specific skills required in advanced manufacturing to input into a shared database. The grant also provided the foundation for an alliance of employers, educational institutions, economic development organizations, and other vested stakeholders.