Ohio House Concurs On Senate Changes To Legislation Encouraging Workforce Development In The Automotive Field
Legislation allows auto techs at retail stores to be eligible for workforce training voucher program
May 25, 2016
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State Representatives Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) and Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) today applauded the Ohio House’s concurrence vote on 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.

The Incumbent Workforce Voucher Program is administered by Ohio’s Development Services Agency (DSA) and it works to offset an employer’s cost for training incumbent workers by funding specific training costs. This legislation would require that automotive technicians be eligible for the program, as long as they fulfill the program’s requirements.
“Simply put, this bill is about jobs,” Rep. Reineke said. “I am pleased to see this legislation pass out of the General Assembly with such broad support. Including retail automotive technicians will advance the industry and our economy. It lines up exactly with the stated goals of the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher program, and is a practical solution to advance workforce development in Ohio.”

Continuing the goal of improving workforce development in the state, the Incumbent Workforce Voucher Program provides an opportunity for various industries to advance the skills and training of their employees. Currently, the program does not allow automotive technicians employed by retail stores to participate in the program. House Bill 429 would allow employees at auto dealerships, tire and equipment dealers, Goodyear and NTB, among others, to continue their workforce training.

“This bill will help the automotive industry and automotive technicians in the Dayton region,” Antani said. “Ohio is currently facing a shortage of qualified, skilled workers and this bill will help fill that gap.”

As an in-demand position, auto mechanics would benefit from being eligible for the program, especially as technology changes and automotive recalls continue to gain national recognition. The bill would work to address the shortage of auto technicians in Ohio and support efforts to provide training for these jobs.

HB 429 now goes to the governor for his consideration.

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