Workforce Connect moves to adjust to pandemic landscape
Kim Palmer, Crain’s Cleveland Business
The pilot program, “ACCESS to Manufacturing Careers,” which involved formerly incarcerated adults, was designed to provide hands-on manufacturing training in things like quality systems, shop floor math and soft-skill training in work readiness, but had not been designed for the public health and safety requirements brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The program was just getting launched as Ohio was shut down,” said Peter Accorti, president of Talan Products Inc., a Cleveland metal stamping and manufacturing company that participated in the employer-led training program. The students were set to go on plant tours, do in-person interviews and hands-on training, 80% of which had to be moved online.