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Ohio Governor Passes Bill To Recompense Employers For Upskilling Employees

In Columbus, Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine recently signed a bill that lays out how the state of Ohio will be reimburse companies and businesses that work to improve their employees’ tech skills, or ‘upskilling’, which has become more and more popular as the demand for increasingly skilled workers, like web developers and software development experts, grows.

House Bill 2 is the formalization of the rules already in place for Ohio’s Tech Cred Program, which was already being funded by the state budget that was enacted in July.

Mr. DeWine officially signed the bill after his tour of the Bluffton plant of the tech commercial and industrial part supplier, GROB Systems, Inc. With him at the tour and the signing was Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, as well as GROB CEO Michael Hutecker.

Officially, the law will come into effect around April 2020, but with the funding already in place, the second round of grant applications for the program is already ongoing, with GROB being an early participant in the program.

The bill received bipartisan support, with Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) backing it. The latter issued a statement on the matter, saying that House Bill 2 is a good way to fund the development of the workforce in Ohio, thanks to its focus on individual workers and technical jobs, like in software development, that are left unfilled.

A few key points of House Bill 2 include:

  • $12.3m for 2020 and 2021, to be used to assist employers fund training via the TechCred Program, with businesses able to get up to $2,000 for every employee.
  • $2.5m annual funding for the new Individual Microdential Assistance Program, aimed at paying training institutions like colleges and universities up to $3,000 for every employee that manages to complete an industry-recognized certification program in one year or less time. Any provider can receive a maximum of $250,000 annually.
  • $200,000 annually for marketing the programs.
  • $2.5m in order to help foster partnerships that’ll assist in provide the needed training.

Currently, the program has 379 options available for Ohioans.

The state website, TechCred.Ohio.Gov, is accepting applications for the second round of the program until the end of January, with the program to go underway in October.

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