Manufacturing has been the heart and soul of our community for many years, positioning the Greater Akron area and Northeast Ohio as a competitive regional economy and global player. Our goal is to ensure companies have access to the talent they need to remain competitive and grow. We support manufacturing leaders to collaborate with education and training partners to design a curriculum that prepares people with relevant in-demand skills for good paying jobs that lead to great careers.
Workforce partners collaborate to connect people with job opportunities and training. Working together, partners generate solutions to align the talent supply chain and remove barriers to employment.
See Our Work in Action
Innovation and Creativity with a Purpose
Manufacturing innovates to create and produce PPE to support the health care industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Talent Ecosystem Success
Industry partners work together to educate and train students to find career success in local manufacturing companies.
Meet Ups – Zoom meeting for manufacturing companies to discuss business concerns and challenges as well as resources and best practices.
Manufacturing Sector Partnership Meetings – All partners with a vested interest in the talent pipeline for manufacturing come together to work on initiatives developed by the Action Teams and identify how, when, and by whom the work will be done.
Action Team Meetings – Action Teams focus on a specific goal and develop initiatives to achieve those goals.
First Friday of the month via Teams
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Contact Jean to learn how to get involved in this exciting and unique opportunity to help you solve your workforce challenges. ConxusNEO can connect you to the appropriate training provider offering the earn-and-learn opportunities, curriculum, and credentials you need.Contact Us
Hire Power: Standing out in today's crowded marketplace
5-part Training Series for HR and Marketing Professionals
We know hiring continues to be tough for manufacturers. This five-session series is designed to help both HR and marketing professionals strengthen your company’s hiring power. Every session will be supplemented with additional tips to help you develop a solid hiring strategy in today’s modern (and distracted) environment to connect with potential hires.
June 15, 2023 – Improve your hiring through marketing
August 17, 2023 – Using digital advertising to target job candidates
September 20, 2023 – The importance of storytellling in hiring
October 19, 2023 – Creating your marketing plan for hiring
November 17, 2023 – Measuring the success of your efforts
All events are offered at no charge to participants and will take place from 8:30am to 10am at Greater Akron Chamber, 388 S. Main St., Akron. For additional information, please contact Jean Barbato at email@example.com.
US Economic Development Administration Good Jobs Challenge Grant
ConxusNEO is an OMA-endorsed sector partnership that was awarded the Summit/Portage region’s portion of the U.S. Economic Development Administration Good Jobs Challenge grant.
U.S. Economic Development Administration Good Jobs Challenge
This grant is intended to provide training for entry-level positions and upskilling of workers for advancement opportunities. The grant budget provides support services (like childcare and transportation) to remove systemic barriers for potential workers and utilizes the “WorkAdvance” model which provides career coaching from pre-hire to 12 months post-hire.
ConxusNEO is one of 13 sector partnerships across the state of Ohio collaborating on this $25 million grant.
US Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeship Grant
ConxusNEO is an OMA-endorsed sector partnership that was awarded the Akron/Canton region’s portion of the U.S. Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeship grant.
U.S. Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeship
This grant is intended to increase the number of training programs offering industry-recognized credentials, the number of people earning credentials, and the number of manufacturers employing people with credentials.
ConxusNEO is one of 12 sector partnerships across the state of Ohio collaborating on this $12 million grant. The purpose of this grant is to help alleviate some of the issues around the shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing industry by expanding the number of “earn-and-learn” programs run by manufacturing employers and the number of employee participants in these programs.
The Importance of Industry-Recognized Credentials
The requirement for nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials is an essential element for earn-and-learn projects under the Scaling Apprenticeships grant. The credentials provide third-party verification of an individual’s competence that will be recognized anywhere in the country. They can take many forms, including certifications, certificates, licenses, and degrees.
Sector Partnership Resources
FREE and OPEN Workforce Training Materials for 21st Century Employment. Users can customize the materials, including rebranding, to meet their requirements.
The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association
Akron Tool & Die
Esterle Mold & Machine Company
GED Integrated Solutions
GOJO Industries, Inc.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, The
Kyocera SGS Precision Tools
Main Street Gourmet
Malco Products, Inc.
Roechling Automotive USA, LLP
Selas Heat Technologies
TPC Wire & Cable
Tri Cast Ltd.
Akron Public Schools
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
Four Cities Compact
Gene Haas Foundation
Stark State College
The University of Akron
Twinsburg High School
Wayne County Schools Career Center
Community & Government Organizations
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Akron Urban League
Akron-Summit County Public Library
HER Beautiful Mind
Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG)
South Street Ministries
The Well CDC
TRY (Truly Reaching You)
United Way of Summit and Medina
Haas Factory Outlet
Metro Regional Transit Authority
Portage Development Board
Workforce Development Board of Summit & Medina