Preparing Our Workforce for the Economy of Tomorrow

Many reports, including our regional case study, have documented the difficulties of manufacturers in recruiting new workers, particularly those with advanced technical skills. Unfortunately, this condition is likely to get worse as fewer high school students are pursuing academic studies that will prepare them for careers in manufacturing. This trajectory must be changed!

The Mobile Manufacturing Training Lab Program (MMTL) was developed by a coalition of private industries, career/technical centers, colleges, and economic development officials with two primary objectives: promote technical positions to local K-12 students in an effort to encourage future careers in the manufacturing sector, and provide opportunities for local employers to provide personalized training for incumbent workers at their work sites without disrupting production lines and threatening productivity.

Why the Need?

– It is estimated that over 50% of Ohio’s manufacturing workforce will retire by 2025.

– Companies throughout Ohio are already struggling to secure sufficiently trained employees, which has resulted in millions of dollars of lost productivity.

– Without a solid pipeline of residents entering the manufacturing workforce, Ohio’s economy faces a dismal future.

– The Mobile Manufacturing Training Lab Program serves eight counties in Ohio: Champaign, Franklin, Hardin, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, and Union.

– Employers throughout the eight counties will have access to the lab to provide on-site incumbent worker training.

– The lab will also visit schools to promote careers in manufacturing and help equip students with the skills needed by today’s manufacturers.

During 2015 and 2016, the private sector committed over $436,000 and the public sector $403,000 to purchase the mobile lab and launch the program (estimated launch is 4Q 2016). However, the estimated annual cost to maintain and operate the lab is $150,000. Financial support from the private sector is critical to ensuring that the program will continue to serve the needs of employers and employees throughout West-Central Ohio. The coalition is currently in the process of soliciting private industry support for the on-going success of the Mobile Manufacturing Lab Program. For more information about how your company can contribute to the success of this program, please click for Investment Opportunities.

Additional inquiries can be directed to:

Eric Phillips, Executive Director
Marysville-Union County Port Authority
Ph: 800-642-0087
Email: ephillips@unioncounty.org