Finding the right people for your workforce is crucial to the success of your business. And that challenge may get tougher as the wave of baby boomer retirements accelerates and a skills gap continues to bedevil many employers.
That's why your Chamber is committed to providing resources and tools to help member companies recruit and retain qualified workers. Following are several initiatives to assist you with workforce challenges.
The Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment
Your Chamber is a member of the Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB), which oversees the public workforce system in the Cincinnati USA area. The SWORWIB engages in multiple initiatives to bring more funding for skills training into the Cincinnati USA area, and to match employers and job seekers.
1) OhioMeansJobs Cincinnati - Hamilton County is funded through the federal Workforce Investment Act, and serves as the city/county One Stop Center. The center offers multiple services to employers to help them find qualified workers. The Business Services Staff will help you with posting of job orders, applicant screening and conducting hiring events, among other services. For more information, contact the OhioMeansJobs Cincinnati - Hamilton County, 513.946.7200.
2) Employers First Regional Workforce Network is a Tri-State consortium of workforce boards that engages employers whose workforce may span Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Its Regional Liaison can help you coordinate your needs and free you from contacting multiple One Stop Centers in the three states, or multiple staffing agencies. For more information, contact Andrew Lotter, 513.405.1729, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sherry Kelley Marshall, 513.579.3118, email@example.com.
3) The Health Careers Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati helps hospitals staff their entry-level positions through an extensive training program leading to various career pathways. For more information, contact Lawra Baumann, 513.569.1233, firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) Manufacturers may want to consider hiring workers who are Certified Production Technicians, having been trained in the national Manufacturing Skill Standards curriculum. Hundreds of workers, many of them laid off from plant closings in Greater Cincinnati, have received free training in these skills. For more information, contact Sherry Kelley Marshall, 513.579.3118, email@example.com.
5) The IT Ready Apprentice Program, funded through the Creating IT Futures Foundation, provides free intensive training in IT careers, and then matches students who complete the training to apprenticeships with local employers. For more information, contact Lisa Slutsky, 513.205.5156, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6) Construction Careers Collaborative, a partnership of the SWORWIB, educational institutions, non-profit community organizations, employers, labor unions, and Partners for a Competitive Workforce, prepares workers for careers in construction. For more information, contact Janice Urbanik, email@example.com, 513.686.2967.
Local, state and federal governments may offer at different times incentives to employers to hire people from certain classifications. Examples include dislocated workers, veterans, ex-felons, and low-income workers. Below are two effective incentives to consider:
1) On-the-Job training: This incentive is offered to employers who hire dislocated or low-income workers. Employers may be eligible for up to 50% of a new worker’s wages while that person is being trained. All paperwork MUST BE COMPLETED before the person is on the payroll. For more information, contact Sherry Kelley Marshall, 513.579.3118, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Work Opportunity Tax Credit: The federal government offers a tax credit to employers who hire certain disadvantaged workers. Click here to find out more.
The State of Ohio has an extensive website of employer resources you can reach by going to OhioMeansJobs.com.
The One Stop Center for Cincinnati and Hamilton County is:
OhioMeansJobs Cincinnati - Hamilton County
1916 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45214
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Click here for information on other One Stop Centers and Workforce Boards in the region.