The seal will show potential employers that graduates have "personal strengths, strong work ethic and professional experience," a news release stated.
"The 21st century workplace is rapidly changing, and businesses need to know graduates are leaving high school with job-ready professional skills," said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction, in the release. "Along with Ohio businesses, our team identified essential skills for workplace success and developed the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal for students to demonstrate those attributes."
There are 15 skills, including reliability, leadership and critical thinking, that students must demonstrate to earn the seal. Students will work with mentors who will verify that the skills were shown at school, at work or in the community.
"Ohio businesses have expressed concern about a lack of soft skills among applicants," said Ryan Burgess, director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation, in the release. "The OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal will help Ohio's graduates demonstrate to businesses that they have the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century workplace."
The seal was established by Ohio House Bill 49, the bill for the state's fiscal year 2018-2019 operating budget. Additional information on the seal can be found here.