Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Collaborative
In response to projected workforce shortages in the advanced manufacturing industry, the Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network convened the Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathway Partnership team in 2009 to meet the needs of employers and employees in the industry. Previous efforts by the Southwest Ohio Manufacturers Consortium and Gateway Community & Technical College's Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways provided a strong foundation for this regional collaborative to come together focused on preparing a skilled manufacturing workforce.
Construction offers a significant source of employment, strong advancement opportunities, strong wages, and high projected future growth. Our region has multiple major construction projects currently underway. Emerging areas of Green Construction and Energy Efficiency Retrofitting also require new training programs. Finally, the current construction workforce is rapidly reaching retirement age, which will lead to significant shortages of skilled workers. Top in-demand jobs in the industry include Carpentry, Electrician,
Outreach to middle and high schools to improve the image of manufacturing and build future pipeline
Built capacity of service providers and educational institutions to deliver the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) for jobseekers. More than 1,500 NCRCs have been delivered to date.
Expanded capacity of training programs to deliver the Manufacturing Standards Skills Council's Certified Production Technician curriculum for incumbent workers and jobseekers. Current providers include: Butler Tech, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, Cincinnati Labor Agency for Social Services, Easter Seals Work Resource Center, Gateway Community and Technical College, and the SuperJobs Center. More than 750 individuals have participated in entry-level manufacturing training based on this industry-recognized curriculum.
Since 2009, served more than 1,700 individuals with occupational and job readiness training, with 84% completing training and earning more than 1,100 credentials, and 71% obtaining employment.
Advanced Manufacturing is a dominant industry in our region and provides the largest source of private-sector employment after health care. The industry offers strong wages and good advancement opportunities. While older manufacturing is certainly declining, high-tech manufacturing will remain a dominant source of employment and key economic driver in our region for years to come. Even in this economy, manufacturers are struggling to find the skilled workers they need to remain competitive, especially as older workers retire. Moreover, the manufacturing of tomorrow is increasingly technologically-driven, requiring a high-tech skill set. Top in-demand jobs in the industry include CNC Operator, Welder, Bio Science Technician / Pharmaceutical Technician, Team Assembler, and Electro Mechanical Technician.