OH!Manufacturing along with the Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections recently announced the availability of a new project, TAPP, which will enable owners of small and medium manufacturers to immediately begin hiring ex-low-level offenders. (Ex-low level offenders are individuals that have not been convicted of violent or sexual in nature offenses.) “The opportunity to employ ex-low-level offenders in the manufacturing environment is a win-win for manufacturers and Ohio,” said John Watson, Manager of Development, at OH!Manufacturing .
Many customers have expressed interest and attended a February 3rd kick off meeting for the new project, TAPP. Several small manufacturers are eager to begin this new venture. This will assist with the acute need for entry level workers as well as the ability for manufacturers to grow here in Ohio. The new project, will give ex-low-level offenders an opportunity for possible employment. The project will assist with interviews to potential manufacturers. Manufacturing employers will benefit by gaining access to qualified workers that are highly motivated to succeed, in addition to the financial benefits (tax incentives). The return of ex-offenders to society has always been a challenge for local communities. With this opportunity they will be able to be productive citizens.
TAPP is a program developed by Vickie A. Miller, of VMConsulting. The program was developed out of the acute worker shortage for entry level workers at Ohio Manufacturers. Ms. Millers’ experience as an educator with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections knows firsthand the difficulties ex-offenders face when rejoining society. Each applicant will be screened, interviewed and receive training prior to employment. After employment, employees will receive onsite job coaching to ease the frustrations related to transitioning to the workplace. The project will match ex-offenders to open positions at participating manufacturing companies. The need to find gainful employment is extremely difficult and many times results in offenders reoffending because they cannot find employment. Many Manufacturers are facing difficult times with hiring entry level workers. When they are not able to find entry level workers, they cannot grow or sustain the current products. The need driven by potential customer feedback is part of OH!Manufacturing ’s commitment to assist the small and medium manufacturers of Ohio.
OH!Manufacturing is the central Ohio affiliate of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. It is operated by PolymerOhio, a nonprofit organization comprised of a team of highly skilled manufacturing technology professionals who help manufacturers grow more profitably through a mix of services and resources that significantly improve how they develop, commercialize, manufacture, and distribute innovative products.
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