Ohio Technical Centers (OTC) not only provide technical training for adults seeking employment or to enhance their skills to advance on their career path, but many also provide customized training for businesses in their region. Due to several factors influencing the ability to offer training for incumbent workers, there can be different ways to partner with companies to provide the training they need. The customized training model described in this article can be replicated in other businesses and industries in Ohio and across the nation.
As the unemployment rate remains low in Ohio, the demand for a skilled workforce continues to grow. Countless employers find themselves advertising job openings for months at a time with few prospects. While many applicants apply, few have the necessary skills. In an effort to fill job openings, many employers are turning to their local Ohio Technical Centers. Employers are finding it easier to create a skilled workforce by training their prospective and incumbent employees to meet their needs.
For more than a decade, Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County (C-TEC), one of Ohio’s premiertechnical centers and a leader in customized training, has partnered with Ariel Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer in separable reciprocating gas compressors, to develop a one-of-a-kind training model that has proven successful in helping fill entry-level and skilled positions.
Located in Central Ohio, C-TEC Adult Education trains more than 3,000 students annually in 15 traditional, short-term career-technical training and customized training opportunities in manufacturing, skilled trades, healthcare, IT, public safety, and the service industry.
Ariel Corporation employs roughly 2,000 people between operations in Mt. Vernon and Heath, Ohio locations. Their compressors are utilized by the global energy industry to extract, process, transport, store, and distribute natural gas from the wellhead to the end-user. As a world-class manufacturer, Ariel sets the industry standard through expert design and manufacturing, and industry-leading research and development.
Ariel and C-TEC have worked together for years to develop a model through pre-employment training and training existing personnel in the skills needed to keep the company advancing. While the early model consisted of pre-employment training adapted to Ariel’s needs, it quickly evolved into pre-screening Ariel’s temporary employees to fill entry-level positions in its machining department.
Today, C-TEC’s industry expert instructors and Ariel’s training personnel continually develop and deliver curriculum specific to Ariel’s needs in hands-on labs constructed at C-TEC and Ariel’s Training Center. These labs are outfitted with equipment used in Ariel’s daily operations in the areas of machining, assembly, and maintenance. Those that successfully pass the pre-screening and pre-employment training are directly hired into entry-level, high-skill shop positions. This process assures that Ariel’s workforce has the knowledge and skills needed to be productive from day one.
C-TEC is proud to be entering into the 16th class of pre-employment training for aspiring Ariel employees and has trained hundreds of its workforce to date.
Ariel’s commitment to developing its workforce does not stop with pre-employment training. Ariel encourages and support its incumbent workforce in pursuing an associate degree. Ariel and C-TEC partner with Zane State College and Stark State College through articulation agreements so that training at C-TEC can be applied to associate degree programs.
This is just one example of a mutual and beneficial partnership between a local business and an Ohio Technical Center. Many others exist throughout this country and can serve as examples of collaborative success.
This piece is re-published from the ACTE Administration Division’s email newsletter.