Education and workforce are inextricably linked. With a vision to create a workforce development system that is driven by the needs of business and adaptive to change, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation is working with regional collaborations to develop comprehensive partnerships between employers, education and training providers, workforce boards, and community organizations.
These Industry Workforce Alliances, also known as sector partnerships, can effectively address the skill needs of key industries within a region by assisting the many partners in:
By helping to provide both the qualitative and quantitative data needed to understand and address skills gaps, Industry Workforce Alliances produce an industry-driven solution to addressing regional workforce shortages, creating greater opportunities for all Ohioans. To access a set of useful resources to develop a successful Industry Workforce Alliance, visit the Industry Workforce Alliance Toolkit page.
In 2014, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (JFS), announced the Industry Workforce Alliance Pilot Initiative. This initiative is a grant opportunity for Industry Workforce Alliances designed to encourage workforce development partnerships among employers and other community leaders.
The grant recipients expect to place more than 75 percent of the 500 individual trainees upon completion of the program. Over the next several years, these programs anticipate continued development with the career pathways increasing capacity to offer further training opportunities to several hundred additional individuals.