Earn & Learn

To build Ohio’s manufacturing talent pipeline, MVMC is a member of the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP), a statewide initiative to upskill 5,000 Ohioans through innovative work-and-learn (apprenticeship) strategies. The program is funded by a $12 million, four-year U.S. Department of Labor grant.


Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition (MVMC) serves as the lead agency for the group sponsored model for the Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network. In this role they lead a group of manufacturers to recruit, screen, hire and train apprentices. This type of apprenticeship model allows for a streamlined approach to the administrative responsibilities associated with apprenticeships. Occupations that are part of the this group sponsored model program are machinists, industrial maintenance and welding. For information about this apprenticeship grant contact Alex Hertzer at alex@mahoningvalleymfg.com. See www.industryneedsyou.com for more information on apprenticeships.

Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership

The Ohio Manufactures
Our Approach

Our Approach

Promote collaboration and resource sharing among manufacturers and their education and workforce partners through regional sector partnerships.

    MVMC is part of Ohio’s statewide network of regional sector partnerships that provide forums for manufacturers to identify shared workforce challenges that can more effectively be addressed collectively rather than as individual companies. Manufacturers work with area education and training providers to develop relevant training programs to maximize efficiency in developing talent in, initially, these in-demand skill areas:
  • Production
  • Machining
  • Welding
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Automation and robotics

Develop flexible, innovative solutions

New programs will adopt the best elements of traditional apprenticeship programs while giving manufacturers the flexibility to focus on skills and outcomes most important to their success. Businesses can decide what works best for them while providing work-and-learn programs that include:

  • Paid, work-based learning delivered by the employer
  • Structured, on-the-job training and mentorship
  • Technical instruction relevant to approved apprenticeship pathways
  • Completion of a nationally portable, industry-recognized credential
  • Standards for safety, supervision and equal opportunity
Work And Learn

Ensure career readiness by connecting training to specific industry-recognized credentials.

Work-and-learn programs give employees specific skills they need to be effective in today’s modern manufacturing. An industry-recognized credential is a third-party verification of an individual’s competence and can take many forms, including certifications, certificates, licenses and degrees.

Credentials also align to well-defined career pathways for employees. This is especially attractive to workers who desire a long-term development strategy, especially young people. This can be key to long-term retention.

Work-and-learn strategies will be a central focus as we address the workforce challenge in the Mahoning Valley. For more information, contact Sue Watson

Endorsed by the Ohio Manufacturer's Association

Ohio Manufacturer's Association