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ODE and Adecco Group Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Adecco Group, the world's leading provider of workforce solutions, today announced a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ohio Department of Education, becoming a partner with the state in on-the-job training efforts aimed at strengthening Ohio's labor market.

The announcement follows The Adecco Group's October 2016 pledge to facilitate 10,000 work-based learning opportunities by 2020, with an emphasis on apprenticeships. In addition, the partnership supports Ohio's New Skills for Youth grantand will build on the state's Success Bound program, an initiative that is providing career readiness resources to students.

Small, medium, large and Fortune 500 businesses are encouraged to work with The Adecco Group to coordinate on-the-job training programs tailored to each business' needs. The human resources company is not only a resource to employers interested in exploring work-based learning options but also can act as the liaison between employers and other stakeholders, such as educators, ensuring that all requirements are met in order to activate work-based learning at a job site. With a network of skilled, local recruiters who understand Ohio's employment landscape, the staffing company also is positioned to take on the role of Employer of Record for work-based learning participants ages 16 or older.

"We're seeing a shallow pool of talent available to fill open positions across nearly every sector and geography in the U.S., including Ohio," said Tyra Tutor, senior vice president of corporate development and social responsibility at The Adecco Group. "As workforce gaps continue to keep employers up at night, we believe work-based learning and apprenticeship models are a feasible solution to matching talent with the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow."

"We share The Adecco Group's vision for supporting student learning through work-based and apprenticeship experiences that supplement classroom learning. These experiences give students important skills that support their success in further education or in the workplace and contribute to a high-quality talent pool for Ohio's businesses," said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. "Enormous opportunity exists for Ohio's businesses to partner with educators in setting students up for lifelong success while developing our state's future workforce."

The Adecco Group has seen firsthand how on-the-job training can transform a community. The company partners with Kentucky's Department of Education and area businesses on a program geared at developing the state's talent pool. In its third year, 96 percent of students who have completed the program have gone on to continue their education, extend their time in the program or receive a full-time job offer.

"Our senior leaders see co-ops as one of the most effective ways to address employment gaps," said Holly Brady, assistant manager of human resources at Toyotomi, a Toyota supplier that was an early adopter of The Adecco Group's Kentucky program. "They've allowed us to engage with young talent that we otherwise wouldn't have access to. Each student we work with learns the skills needed to be successful at our business, and we see them as potential full-time employees."

"Gov. Kasich's budget contains provisions to provide high school students with more work-based learning opportunities," said Ryan Burgess, director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation. "The partnership with Adecco will provide Ohio's businesses with customizable solutions so they can focus on engaging students in work-based learning and building a skilled and productive workforce."

Companies are encouraged to reach out to The Adecco Group if they are interested in offering work-based learning opportunities or enhancing their current training programs. For more information, contact Tyra.Tutor@AdeccoGroup.com or visit www.adeccousa.com/workbasedlearning.

"There are a number of misconceptions about work-based learning models. Right now, what we really want Ohio's businesses to know is that on-the-job training goes beyond corporate responsibility. Ultimately, it is a smart human resources strategy," said Tutor.


 
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