SEPT. 16, 2021 from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM
at the Duke Energy Convention Center

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Workforce Development Funding and Programming

We know that the challenge to find talent is real – and it’s complex. That’s why the third morning breakout series, “Ohio’s Workforce Resources and Talent Sources,” centers around programs that help Ohio manufacturers find employees and the funding needed to support workforce development and training programs. 

 Topics in this session will focus on connecting manufacturers directly with program leaders and resources that are available for immediate action. Breakouts will expose manufacturers to networks of commonly overlooked talent looking for work in Ohio, programs that support placing them in manufacturing facilities, and available funding and support to boost apprenticeship and internship programs.  


Under-considered Talent Pools for Manufacturers: 'Hidden Gems' In Post-Pandemic Recruitment

Traci Spencer, Grant Program Manager at TechSolve

Amanda Cannell, CEO at Ohio Drone, LLC

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Ohio manufacturers are struggling to find employees for both skilled and entry-level positions. Over $2 million manufacturing jobs are projected to go unfilled through 2030 according to the May 2021 study published by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. It will be mathematically impossible for us to compete in the future without revisiting our definition of the “ideal” employee and actively supporting a more diverse workforce.  

This breakout asks attendees to challenge their assumptions behind their definition of an “ideal candidate” and reveals ways manufacturers can tap into often overlooked talent pools to locate new employees to contribute to positive change, advanced thinking, teamwork, and innovation. The session will also address things that may need attention in your organization to make it attractive to these groups. Join us in this session to learn about these capable groups of individuals located in the tristate region. 

Objectives and Takeaways: 

  • Learn about under-considered talent pools in our region  
  • Understand how your organization can proactivity launch recruitment efforts and engage with these untapped talent pipelines
  • Benefit from one of Cincinnati’s most innovative manufacturers – Ohio Drone LLC – discussion of how they implemented a highly-successful Veteran hiring initiative and other groundbreaking hiring strategies
  • Receive a county-by-county resource contact sheet with information and data regarding potential talent pools of under-considered candidates 

Traci Spencer

Grant Program Manager at TechSolve

Amanda Cannell

CEO at Ohio Drone

Ohio Program and Funding Available to Manufacturers

Rachel Johanson, Deputy Director at the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

Abria Drummonds, Employment Services Supervisor at Ohio Means Jobs

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Ohio offers rich programs and funding as well as technology-focused credential options to assist manufacturers in the growth and transformation of their workforce. Abria Drummonds will lead the presentation by discussing grants and funding opportunities. Then, Rachel Johanson will take the stage to share information on TechCred, a program that helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy. Participants will walk away with immediate steps to take to earn support funding their training and upskilling programs. 

Objectives and Takeaways: 

  • Learn where to access grants and funding opportunities  
  • Find funding for training – training programs, educational services, and practical support – continued education – professional development 

Abria Drummonds

Employment Services Supervisor at Ohio Means Jobs

Abria Drummonds is the WIOA and “One-Stop” Resource Room team leader at Ohio Means Jobs. Her goal in this role is to provide high-quality workforce development services that improve the skills of our diverse workforce while connecting suitable employers with well-prepared and capable employees. We are eager to help people become more successful and self-sufficient, using the quickest, most efficient path possible. The people we serve experience amazing improvements in their employment opportunity, earning potential, and work/life balance.

Rachel Johanson

Deputy Director at the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

Using Apprenticeships to Meet Your Workforce Challenges Apprenticeship Options Available to Employers

Vickie McMullen, Client Relations Manager and Project Manager for the Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeship Grant at TechSolve

Scott Ellsworth, Owner at Scott Ellsworth Consulting and Sherpa Management Solutions

Kimberly Gates, Assistant Secretary Director at Warren County Career Center

Cristóbal Jiménez, Master Trainer at Festo Didactic

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

It’s time to rethink how we recruit talent for manufacturing companies.  The hiring landscape for skilled labor has become even more competitive. This means many manufacturers have refocused their recruitment from finding experienced employees to instead locating and investing in individuals willing and able to learn the required skills of the job. These companies are building related instructional and on-the-job training for their workforce.  

Today’s Apprenticeship programs can be developed with the employers’ talent development needs in mind – including an assessment of the skills and competencies and the duration of training required to set employees up for success. During this breakout session, a panel will provide information on regional Apprenticeship Programs and resources that can support both programs fully managed in-house and those developed by educational institutions.    

 Learning Objectives and Takeaways: 

  • Discover the value of Apprenticeships in your talent development planning 
  • Learn what to consider when determining if your company needs an Apprenticeship Program 
  • Discover options for building your company’s own Apprenticeship Program  
  • Learn how to work with an established educational institutions’ Apprenticeship Program to train your current employees or recruit program graduates 

Vickie McMullen

Client Relations Manager and Project Manager for the Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeship Grant at TechSolve

Vickie McMullen, Techsolve, Inc., Current Professional Experience: Client Relations Manager and Project Manager for the US Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeship Grant. Prior Corporate Professional Experience: Director of Education Partnerships, Rhinestahl Corporation; Director of Recruiting, GE Capital IT Solutions; Corporate College Recruiting Leader, Fifth Third Bank; Human Resources Manager, Fidelity Investments; Corporate Employee Relations Manager, Chemical Bank, New York.

Prior Non-Profit Professional Experience: Director, MBA program at the University of Cincinnati; Human Resources Manager, UC Hospital Medical Center.

Scott Ellsworth

Owner at Scott Ellsworth Consulting and Sherpa Management Solutions

Scott Ellsworth is the Principal and Owner of Scott Ellsworth Consulting and Sherpa Management Solutions. As a contractor to Jobs for the Future, he works to more fully engage employers in developing and implementing effective apprenticeship programs and driving greater inclusion of all populations in the workforce. Prior to founding Scott Ellsworth Consulting, Scott was the Director of Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU), a Washington DC-based advocacy and education organization that strives to bring employers into the workforce and skills gap discussion. He also has over 25 years of experience in managing a variety of manufacturing firms both large and small, including most recently as VP and General Manager of US Operations for Tipco Punch in Hamilton, Ohio. Scott holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MBA from LSU-Shreveport.

Kimberly Gates

Assistant Secretary Director at Warren County Career Center

I am the new Director of Adult Education for the Warren County Career Center, Main Campus. Previously, I was the Assistant Secondary Director of WCCC supervising Career Tech Programs and Student Services. I have been working in education for 20 years and look forward to continuing to grow our Manufacturing programs and strengthening our partnerships with Business and Industry.

Cristóbal Jiménez

Master Trainer at Festo Didactic

Cristóbal is a Master Trainer at the Mason Learning Center, instructing industrial automation, mechatronics, Industry 4.0, lean manufacturing, and works with the mechatronics apprenticeship program. Previously, Cristóbal worked for the National Meteorological Service of México, Gillette de México y Cía, Festo Pneumatic S.A., Didactic Leader in Balluff de México S.A. de C.V., and was a freelance engineer working in consulting and training activities throughout Mexico and Colombia. Cristóbal received his education from the Communication and Electronics Engineering Instituto Politécnico Nacional from 1984-1989.