OMA announces new rules to hire high school students at manufacturing facilities

Information via Ohio Manufacturer’s Association

Under the new state rules that went into effect on Aug. 20, Ohio manufacturers will be able to employ 16- and 17-year-olds on a part-time basis. The goal is to expose youth to the many rewarding careers in manufacturing, while also strengthening the workforce development pipeline.

To participate, manufacturing employers will:

  1. Set a duration of employment;
  2. Assign a mentor to the minor;
  3. Provide required training; and
  4. Encourage participation in career tech programs.

Ohio Manufacturer’s Association has created a short reference document for manufacturers to take advantage of the new rules. The document contains a link to a standardized form created by the Ohio Department of Commerce to simplify recordkeeping requirements.

Additionally, employers interested in participating in Ohio TechCred have until Monday, Aug. 31 to submit applications for the current funding round. For more information on this training reimbursement program, the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association has created a one-pager with details.

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