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About the Office of Workforce Transformation

Recognizing both the importance of improving Ohio’s workforce development system and the enormity of the challenge, in February 2012, Governor Kasich issued Executive Order 2012-02K, creating the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) to be headed by a director reporting directly to the Governor. Acknowledging the importance of continually improving Ohio's workforce development system, in June 2015, the Governor formally continued the OWT with the issuance of Executive Order 2015-08K.

The Governor also established the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board, comprised of business leaders and workforce development stakeholders, to guide the OWT in its work and ensure that business needs are at the forefront of improvements made to the workforce system.

View the 2014 Annual Report

OWT Strategic Framework
The Office of Workforce Transformation has prioritized its work with four strategic goals that drive its work and provide focus:

Identify businesses most urgent job needs

Workers and training institutions do not have a reliable, consistent method for identifying the most in-demand jobs or the skills that workers need to fill them. Developing that ability—and encouraging participation from employers—is the first step to aligning the system and training programs with those needs.

Align the skills needs of employers with job training and education offerings

Business in Ohio struggles to connect with qualified people to fill high-demand job openings. Without a dedicated workforce strategy, the state is missing critical opportunities to expose and inform students of Ohio’s most in-demand jobs. Efforts to align the state's largest workforce programs, coupled with a directionally accurate forecast of businesses most urgent job needs, our education and training system will be in a better position to fill the gaps.

Reform Ohio's workforce delivery system

Ohio’s workforce development efforts are spread out across 91 programs in 13 agencies. OWT is committed to moving reforms to create more efficient, responsive and effective services for employers and workers. With better alignment, Ohio will reduce redundancy, fragmentation and lack of coordination to improve the state and local programs that fuel our workforce system.

Enhance state provided employer services

Ohio businesses have workforce needs but are reluctant or unsure where to access resources to help identify new workers and resources to help with training. OWT is committed to moving reforms to create more efficient, responsive and effective state provided employer services benefiting all Ohio businesses.

View the 2015 Strategic Plan





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