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.
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Contact Jenny 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
Through Sector-Based Strategies Grant
ConxusNEO is an OMA-endorsed sector partnership that was awarded the Akron/Canton region’s portion of the state-wide Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeship grant. 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.
What is Earn-and-Learn?
Earn-and-learn programs encompass any sort of skill-building program that incorporates on-the-job and formal classroom training. Earn-and-learn programs include internships, apprenticeships, co-ops, and more. Earn-and-learn programs are a great way to upskill your current employees and add more workers to your pipeline.
Earn-and-learn strategies are proven solutions to help manufacturers recruit, train, and retain a skilled workforce. By combining instruction with on-the-job training, earn-and-learn programs increase relevancy, accelerate learning, and ensure the employee is mastering the essential skills. Helping employees advance increases loyalty and improves retention. According to a LinkedIn survey, 93% of employees said they would stay longer at a company that invests in their career development.
Hallmarks of Earn-and-Learn Programs under the Scaling Apprenticeship Grant
- Paid, work-based learning
- Structured on-the-job training and mentorship
- Related technical instruction
- Completion of a nationally portable, industry-recognized credential
- Safety and equal opportunity standards
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
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