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Building Our Future


Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies Grant

DRMA leads the Dayton Region Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (DRMWP), an OMA-endorsed sector partnership. DRMWP was awarded the Dayton region’s portion of the state-wide Department of Labor Scaling Apprenticeship grant to increase the number of training programs offering industry-recognized credentials, the number of people earning credentials, and the number of manufacturers employing people with credentials. Partnerships include Sinclair Community College, Clark State Community College, and the adult division of Miami Valley Career Technology Center. 

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DRMWP is one of 12 sector partnerships across the state of Ohio collaborating on this $12 million grant. The purpose of this grant is to help alleviate some of the issues around the shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing industry by expanding the number of "earn-and-learn" programs run by manufacturing employers and the number of employee participants in these programs.

What is Earn-and-Learn?

Earn-and-learn programs encompass any sort of skill-building program that incorporates on-the-job and formal classroom training. Earn-and-learn programs include internships, apprenticeships, co-ops, and more. Earn-and-learn programs are a great way to upskill your current employees and add more workers to your pipeline. 

Why Earn-and-Learn?

Earn-and-learn strategies are proven solutions to help manufacturers recruit, train, and retain a skilled workforce. By combining instruction with on-the-job training, earn-and-learn programs increase relevancy, accelerate learning, and ensure the employee is mastering the essential skills. 

Helping employees advance increases loyalty and improves retention. According to a LinkedIn survey, 93% of employees said they would stay longer at a company that invests in their career development. Click here to learn more about attracting the 21st Century Workforce.

Hallmarks of Earn-and-Learn Programs under the Scaling Apprenticeship Grant

  1. Paid, work-based learning

  2. Structured on-the-job training and mentorship

  3. Related technical instruction

  4. Completion of a nationally portable, industry-recognized credential

  5. Safety and equal opportunity standards

The Importance of Industry-Recognized Credentials

The requirement for nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials is an essential element for earn-and-learn projects under the Scaling Apprenticeships grant. The credentials provide third-party verification of an individual's competence that will be recognized anywhere in the country. They can take many forms, including certifications, certificates, licenses, and degrees. Click here for more info. 

What's Next?

Contact Kayla to learn how to get involved in this exciting and unique opportunity to help you solve your workforce challenges. DRMA can connect you to the appropriate educational institution offering the earn-and-learn opportunities, training, and credentials you need.