Northeast Ohio is set to receive the bulk of funding from Industry Sector Partnership Grants awarded by the state’s Office of Workforce Transformation that are aimed at improving workforce outcomes. labor for industries in demand.
A total of $2.58 million in grants will go to groups focused on workforce training for specific industry sectors, including information technology, manufacturing, healthcare, transportation and aerospace.
“Today’s awards support industry sector partnerships across the state as they expand best practices to help Ohioans enter the workforce in many different industries,” said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, director of the Office of Workforce Transformation, in a statement. published on Thursday, January 6.
The state has invested more than $5 million over the past two years through the sector partnership program. In 2021, approximately $2.5 million was given to 12 workforce training organizations to help bring Ohioans into the workforce pipeline.
The second round of partnership grants was announced in September by Husted at an event in Cleveland.
Partnerships awarded in northeast Ohio include two programs led by the Greater Cleveland Partnership: Workforce Connect IT Sector Partnership and Workforce Connect Manufacturing Sector Partnership.
Other regional organizations receiving funding are: Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition; Partnerships with Summit County ConxusNEO Industry Sector; Great Lakes Region Industrial Sector Partnership; Lorain County Manufacturing Partnership; Lake County Alliance to Work Together Northeast Ohio Area Partnership; and Stark County Manufacturing Workforce Development Partnership.
A total of 13 grants were awarded statewide.
Organizations apply for either a Spark Grant, which provides $50,000 to $100,000 in “seed funding” for Emerging Sector Partnerships to fund start-up activities, or an Accelerant Grant, which provides $50,000 to $250,000 $ to existing sector partnerships.