Seifert Technologies Innovative Use of On-The-Job Training and other Workforce Programs
Seifert Technologies is a company located in Massillon, Ohio that hires Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Designers whose main objective is to help companies expand their manufacturing capabilities with new machines and automation. OhioMeansJobs Stark and Tuscarawas Counties has assisted this company with talent recruitment services. The company is familiar with On-The-Job training services available through the centers having successfully utilized these workforce services in the past. The company recently met with the Business Resource Network (BRN), a business retention/expansion service available through the OhioMeansJobs centers, to discuss company challenges and opportunities and to be connected to a wide array of resources. The company desires to “hire local” and has had much success in hiring engineers and other employees from the local area. They were, once again, connected through the BRN to the array of resources available through the centers. Seifert Technologies recently used On-The-Job training assistance available through the OhioMeansJobs centers with one of their newest hires, Bailey Codispoti, a recent The University of Akron graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. During Codispoti’s undergraduate program, he participated in two different internship programs with the company. Hiring Codispoti after graduation allowed Seifert Technologies the opportunity to provide the customized training that is needed to meet the expectations of their customers, while defraying the cost through On-The-Job training dollars. OhioMeansJobs’ On-The-Job Training program (OJT) is “the icing on the cake,” as quoted by company president, Tim Seifert. “Using programs like On-The-Job training (OJT) and Ohio’s TechCred make it economically feasible and cost efficient to hire a recent grad. It only makes sense to chip away at the company’s primary overhead expense, which is payroll.”
Incumbent Worker Training a Helpful Tool for Miller Weldmaster: By Nichole Simmons (Human Resource Manager, Miller Weldmaster)
Successful collaboration between OhioMeansJobs Stark and Tuscarawas Counties business services, Business Resource Network (BRN) and BRN partner, Walsh University, connected a Navarre, Ohio business to the Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP). The purpose of the Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) is to support training projects that will benefit Stark and Tuscarawas County employers, with a primary emphasis on manufacturing and healthcare industries, by assisting with the skill development of existing employees. Employers are required to contribute no less than 50% of training costs, with a grant award maximum of $25,000 and the training must be completed by 12/31/21.
“Miller Weldmaster recently utilized funding from the Incumbent Worker Training Program to provide training for our customer facing field employees. The employees that were trained provide customer service to our customers offsite and represent our brand to our customers. We partnered with Walsh University to create a customized training program for these employees. The team at Walsh University was great to work with and they were familiar with the requirements of the Incumbent Worker Program which made the process even more convenient. Walsh University met with my team to understand our brand, our mission, and our company values. The training program was customized to fit our business needs. Walsh trained the team on customer service, customer resolutions, cultural norms (domestically & international), how to properly represent our brand and more! Walsh conducted the training at their facility and handled all set up and take down, along with providing a wonderful catered lunch for the participants. It was a one-day training program, but Walsh has followed up with the participants since the training and provided them with materials and tools that we continue to work through for continued development. Helene with Ohio Means Jobs was fantastic to work with! Helene made the process as easy as possible and kept the lines of communication open and was available if I had any questions or concerns. Helene kept me updated throughout the whole application and reimbursement process. Miller Weldmaster continues to see the positive outcomes from this training program and the engagement that it created for our team. I recommend this program for any company that is interested in improving their workforce, developing, and engaging their team through education and training. Miller Weldmaster has seen a positive impact on our business and customer relations because of this program. We have received a full return on investment with results in employee engagement and professional growth from the team members who were involved in this training program.”
Collaboration Assists Central Coated Products with Accessing Needed Resources
On March 13, 2020, Matt Falter, BRN Project Director/Network Manager and Ray Hexamer, President/CEO and John McLaughlin, VP of Business Growth with the Stark Economic Development Board met with Central Coated Products, Inc. to discuss expansion plans that would involve adding production and office space and equipment to address strong market opportunities. Central Coated Products, Inc., located in Alliance, Ohio, manufactures and supplies wax paper products for handling and flexible packaging of food items. The expansion project will create twelve new jobs and retain sixty.
Numerous workforce and economic development incentives were discussed during the meeting, including programs and incentives offered through the Business Services Division at OhioMeansJobs Stark Co. On-The-Job training grants were of particular interest to the company since they were going to hire several employees that were recently laid off from another local manufacturer. The new machines were designed by the company and training on the processes and procedures is very hands-on. Referral was made immediately to the Business Services staff and Robin Hartline, Recruiting Specialist and Kristen Beckman, Business Services Manager coordinated the effort internally and two individuals were hired at Central Coated Products utilizing On-the-Job Training contracts. The positions include a Wax Operator and an Operator and both individuals will start at $14 per hour. Central Coated Products will receive 50% reimbursement of the wages for the length of the training contracts, varying from 8-16 weeks. Central Coated Products is expected to receive a total of $6720 in funding from OhioMeansJobs Stark County for the two contracts. Thanks to the collaborative efforts between the Stark Economic Development Board, Business Resource Network, and Business and Program Services staff for their efforts to make this possible!