The demand for skilled employees needed to fill well paid positions has never been higher. By working to create a supply of highly trained workers to match this demand, Ohio’s economy will take significant steps forward. We can only do this by offering opportunities to train our citizens and equip them with the skills they need to compete in a global marketplace.


One important workforce innovation Ohio has utilized is the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. As businesses grow, they can apply for state funds through this program to cover expenses they incur when training employees already on their payroll. This is an invaluable tool for both businesses and their employees. Employees benefit from increased training opportunities while employers can further develop the talent already in their organizations. The program increases our state’s economic efficiency and competitiveness by focusing on in-demand professions such as advanced manufacturing, information technology, and research and development.


The Ohio House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 429, allowing automotive mechanics at retail service centers and auto dealerships to participate in this program. I was proud to sponsor this legislation to further promote workforce development, especially in this crucial sector of our economy. With my experience in the auto industry, I know firsthand the technical expertise modern cars now require.


The rapid advances in technology mean that technicians need the skills to address both mechanical and technological components in an automobile. Also, the equipment technicians use requires state of the art knowledge and proper training. Including retail service technicians in the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher program will help address a significant shortage in an industry that provides billions of dollars in economic impact to Ohio.


My goal with this expansion is to give people the opportunity to turn their job into a career. Jobs help pay the bills, careers give an individual purpose and direction. This is why workforce development initiatives are so important and why I will continue to advocate for them. We need increased participation in career-technical education and access to credential programs at community colleges to help our workforce and our economy. The skills and experiences gained from programs like this are keys to unlocking a successful future for workers and a brighter future for our state.

 
 
 
  
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Ohio House Passes Legislation Encouraging Workforce Development In The Automotive Field

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) and Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation they jointly sponsored that would allow automotive technicians and motor vehicle technicians at retail stores the ability to join the Incumbent Workforce Voucher Program.