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Ohio Governor Candidate Cordray Announces Workforce Development Plan That Focuses on Job Training

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Democratic candidate for governor, Richard Cordray (right), says the widening skills gap is one of the biggest challenges to Ohio's workforce development.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Richard Cordray unveiled a workforce development and job creation plan, saying that workers must come first if the state wants to thrive economically. His proposal also includes focusing on small businesses and investment in training.

Cordray said one of the biggest challenges the state faces is a widening skills gap where there aren’t enough trained workers to fill job vacancies. 

So he wants to invest more federal funding into training. He added that the door could open wider for tens of thousands of state government jobs by basing hiring on more than just educational requirements.

“It should be about what skills do you bring to the table," he said. "Can you do the functions of the job and that’s how we should interview people and that’s how we should hire people. It’s not solely about paper credentials."

His Republican opponent Mike DeWine recently laid out his so-called “Prosperity Plan,” which included incentives for job creation and modernizing workforce development.

Cordray counters that DeWine has a record of focusing on big businesses rather than small companies and labor.