November 2021
Historic Infrastructure Bill Becomes Law,
Will Fund Major Transportation
and Workforce Projects
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was passed by the U.S. Senate and House, and signed into law by President Biden. Ohio Senator Rob Portman, one of the bill’s biggest supporters, attended and spoke at the bill signing ceremony held at the White House. Senator Portman shared, "we've got a major bridge in my hometown and it's also a major bottleneck desperately in need of replacing," Portman added, "we've been trying to do it for 25 years, but we haven't been able to pull together the funding and figure out how to do it. This new law finally gives us the tools we need to fix the Brent Spence Bridge, and the same is true for major projects all around the country." Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, another major supporter of the bill, also attended the ceremonial signing. Senator Brown commented, “today, alongside President Biden, we’re showing that we can work together to provide real investments to upgrade outdated bridges, roads, transit, and water and sewer systems, to build new broadband networks, and more. We’re delivering historic wins for Ohio that will create good-paying American jobs that cannot be shipped overseas, and that will help Ohio communities of all sizes, all over the state, thrive and grow”.
In addition to bridges, highways, and public transportation, the new law includes several workforce and training provisions. SWORWIB will be working with national and regional partners for strategic alignment and implementation of the workforce/training provisions available to Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The Board has provided several letters of support for regional workforce and infrastructure projects over the past two years, including the recently funded Western Hills Viaduct project.
The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), a SWORWIB partner, developed a summary of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, including highlights of the workforce provisions. The NAWB Summary can be viewed here
Apprenticeship Works
National Apprenticeship Week Helps Elevate
the Benefits of this Winning Formula
In 2020, the number of Baby Boomer retirees increased by over a million. Furthermore, the U.S. Labor Force Participation rate, which measures people working or actively seeking work, has decreased to levels not seen since the 1970’s. 

What is a potential solution to these challenges? Train more apprentices for high-demand careers. Apprenticeship offers a defined path to a long-lasting career with good pay, benefits, and little-to-no student loan debt. Registered Apprenticeship is a globally recognized and leveraged training model used to attract and retain the best talent. RA is an employer-driven training model that combines on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. This is a high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce.
Why apprenticeship? 94% of apprentices retain employment after completion. The earn-as-you-learn model also provides the ability to receive instruction on core competencies while earning monthly income. As a result of this training model, apprentices receive a nationally recognized and high-demand credential. 

Ohio boasts over 19,500 apprentices, the state of Ohio ranks 1st in the Midwest and 3rd nationally for the number of enrolled apprentices. For more information on Apprenticeship opportunities in Ohio, visit or email 

Cincinnati-Hamilton County features multiple organizations, unions, employers, and schools that offer excellent apprenticeship opportunities, including the nationally recognized IBEW/NECA Electrical Training Center, located on Cincinnati’s west side. 
Hey Cincinnati - How's this for Private Sector Job Creation?!
IBEW / NECA, partners in the unionized electrical construction industry in Cincinnati just made a $4.5 Million dollar commitment to their newest selection of electrician apprentices.

One hundred and forty men and women from the Greater Cincinnati area were selected to start their entry-level career working for any of the 45 contractor’s signatory to IBEW Local 212. Wages and benefits equaling $40,000 in the first year for each of the 140 selected and scheduled raises throughout their entire apprenticeship, with the current completion wages and benefits of $90,000 +!

IBEW / NECA Electrical Training Center currently training 400 Men and women to be the best electricians in the greater Cincinnati area! IBEW /NECA POWERING THE TRI-STATE - EMPOWERING ITS WORKFORCE!

For more information on our apprenticeship please visit or other trades at

President Biden visited this Center during the summer to promote the administration’s Build Back Better and Infrastructure initiatives.  For more information on the IBEW/NECA Electrical Training Center, visit
Why Hire a Veteran for Your Apprenticeship Program?
Employers have seen higher retention rates from veterans and report that their veteran employees demonstrate proven leadership, an ability to work well under pressure, and a strong work ethic – all valuable skills in an apprentice. As you look for a reliable talent pool, consider how your Registered Apprenticeship Program can attract veterans by getting approved to accept GI Bill® benefits and becoming a veteran-ready organization.

There are a variety of ways that you can connect your apprenticeship program with transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses. Find resources on how you can tap into a skilled and ready workforce to build your team.
The Marine For Life Network (M4L) connects transitioning Service Members and their family members, and Veterans of all branches of all eras and their family members to education resources, employment opportunities, and other Veteran services that aid in their career and life goals outside of military service. Several years ago, the Marine Corps recognized that Marines were having difficulties assimilating into civilian life upon exiting service. As such, the Marine For Life Network was formed to help transitioning Marines “navigate the waters” into the civilian world. While assisting transitioning Marines is at the Marine For Life Network’s roots, it has evolved to be inclusive of all transitioning service members of all branches, and all veterans of all branches and eras, and spouses of both. The Marine For Life Network is comprised of 80+ Representatives across the U.S. who are responsible for a given geographical area. These representatives serve as mentors and facilitate connections to resources for Veterans in need of assistance. Marine For Life Cincinnati hosts Veteran and Veteran Resources Networking Events once per quarter. The primary purpose is to bring Veterans and individuals who provide resources to Veterans (employment, education, counseling, financial, housing, benefits, etc.) together in a social environment. It also serves as good networking amongst the community partners to learn about the various resources available for Veterans. M4L organizes several resource and networking events to provide interactive opportunities for Veterans (of all branches), including a recent event held on Thursday, 11 November (Veteran’s Day) at Fretboard Brewing Co. in Blue Ash from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. If interested in learning more about the Marine For Life Network and/or if you would like to receive notifications for future events, please contact Dave Crookham at
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