Stay Informed on News and Policy

Advocacy efforts focus on building a strong talent pipeline

The Greater Cleveland Partnership recently provided testimony on SB 3 and HB 166, key workforce bills moving through the Ohio General Assembly that seek to strengthen the state’s workforce development system.

The provisions in both pieces of legislation stem from the Building Ohio’s Future Workforce report, released by the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation at the beginning of the year.

Among the recommended policies in both pieces of legislation, the GCP is supportive of those that would increase career experiences and opportunities for students, align state law with the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act, and make needed reforms to the Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQE) program.

This program assists formerly incarcerated individuals in demonstrating career readiness and provides employer protections against negligent hiring for companies that accept CQEs.

“GCP works with key partners in the private and public sectors on employer-driven short-and long-term strategies to develop and attract a highly skilled workforce that supports the economic development goals of our region,” said Alesha Washington, the GCP’s vice president of government advocacy.

“This is why we offer our support for House Bill 166 and Senate Bill 3.”

You can read the full testimony here.