Senator Tavares Looks To Strengthen Ohio's Workforce
Developing partnerships and building on what works

Columbus—Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) applauded the efforts of President Obama who signed into law this week a workforce bill that is expected to help unemployed workers connect with open jobs and support job training programs. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act will help us to bring job training programs into the 21st century.  According to President Obama, the bill builds on what we know works based on evidence – tracking what actually delivers on behalf of the people who enroll in the programs; developing more partnerships with employers; creating tools to measure performance and more flexibilities for states and cities to innovate and to run their workforce programs in ways that are best suited for their particular demographic and their particular industries.
“As the Ranking Member of the Workforce and Economic Development Committee I plan to work with the chair, Senator Bill Beagle (R –Tipp City) to conduct a small business roundtable to identify tools and strategies to assist small businesses or microenterprises on a state level to complement the work of our partners at the federal and local levels," stated Senator Tavares.
“One of the complaints I hear from companies that have openings is that the workforce does not have the necessary skills to successfully fill the job openings available." added Senator Tavares. "I believe our work with the Office of Workforce Transformation and the Small Business Roundtable will help us as legislators to craft the right policies, align our programs and eliminate the barriers in order to strengthen our businesses and provide employment opportunities for our residents.  I plan to work with Columbus City Council Workforce Committee chair, Priscilla Tyson to expand on the Columbus Small Business Workforce Survey commissioned by the City of Columbus with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce to help us identify the challenges and opportunities to grow our small entrepreneurs in Ohio.” 

The Columbus survey studied issues such as workforce quality, recruitment, retention, and training.

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