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The State Of Ohio Ranks Third In The Nation For Apprentices

Published Tuesday, December 21, 2021
by Ron Selak, Jr./
The State Of Ohio Ranks Third In The Nation For Apprentices

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) - The State of Ohio is No. 1 in the Midwest and third across the U.S. for number of Apprentices, lofty rankings achieved in part because of effort by the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition (MVMC) to create Workforce Training Programs and manufacturers eager to be part of them.

“We have a number of group sponsored Apprenticeships that MVMC manages.  Those are in machining, industrial maintenance and welder/fitter, and we’re in the process of developing a new one for Robotics Technician,” Coalition Executive Director Jessica Borza said. “The benefit to the companies participating in those is that MVMC serves as the sponsor of record so it makes it easier for them to plug-and-play in those programs.”

Also, we “work closely with high school career and tech centers and have Pre-Apprenticeship Programs, so those high school students can actually start working in companies that have Registered Apprenticeship Programs with the hopes there will be a career pathway there for them, or at least some exposure so they get real hands-on experience,” Borza said.

Across 14 Counties in northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, including the counties that make up the Mahoning Valley, there were 300 Registered Apprentices in the American Apprenticeship Initiative, a five-year program that ended in September.

The initiative, part of the Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network, of which MVMC is a part, received $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to stand up - with help from manufacturers and education partners - Apprenticeship Programs in machining, industrial maintenance and welder/fitter.

According to the Apprenticeship network, 81 companies participated in 140 individual and 160 group-sponsored models.

Another Department of Labor grant is helping to sustain the programs, Borza said.

In the state, there are more than 19,500 Ohioans enrolled in ApprenticeOhio Programs.

The state has Apprenticeship opportunities in 180 occupations, from health care to advanced manufacturing to energy to computer programming.

Apprentices complete at least 2,000 hours of structured on-the-job training and 144 hours of classroom training, typically at a local college or university.

They also earn wages while they work under the supervision of a mentor.

When they complete their programs, they receive a nationally-recognized credential.

Ohio also has more than 100 Pre-Apprenticeship Programs, which allow participants to learn the basic foundational skills needed to be successful in an Apprenticeship Program and is growing those programs with a $9.4 million Federal grant.

“An Apprenticeship is an earn-and-learn pathway to a rewarding career without the burden of college debt,” Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted said. “For employers, Apprentices provide a ready pipeline of talent, who develop skills that meet industry and organization standards that help their business and America compete in the global economy.”

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