We are all aware of the shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. If young people and their parents are not aware of the opportunities available in the industry the shortage will never go away. Thanks to a number of manufacturers students from county Vo-Tech programs throughout the state have experienced manufacturing. Students from Passaic County Technical Institute, Morris County Vocational School and Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School saw firsthand thanks to Brewster Washers, Premier Die Casting, Convertech and MTF opportunities available to them.
Manufacturing is a major contributor to NJ’s economy. Both State and Congressional legislators are aware of its importance and challenges. To learn more about their needs NJ representatives have visited plant flours and schools educating the next workforce. From the state Senator Kean visited IDL, Senator Pennacchio visited California Closets and Brewster Washers and Assemblyman Singleton was at NWL as they received the 2017 Raytheon Supplier Ethic Award. Assemblyman Gary Schaer visited Bergen Applied Technology High School to learn about the shortage of seats in all the Vo-Tech schools which results in many students being turned away. These are potential manufacturing employees.
Congressman Lance and Congressman Gottheimer visited their manufacturing constituents. Jersey Girl Brewing hosted Congressman Lance and Gottheimer spent time with John Baker touring General A & E. Congressman Gottheimer also visited Bergen County Applied Technology High School (ATHS) to hear from students and to learn more about CTE and Perkins Funding. He presented the school with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition.
The Congressman also heard about ATHS Networking Event that is being held Tuesday, January 30th from 6:30-8pm. The purpose of the event is to allow the 11th-grade Mechatronics majors to meet and network with professionals across sectors including industry, public policy, and various non-profits. The students are seeking internships for their senior year so meeting manufacturers at this event will be very important.
NJMEP didn’t just help students visit manufacturers, we went to them. Bella Baker Alexandrakis, Operations Manager at General A & E joined NJMEP to discuss manufacturing careers, the variety and good pay associated with them, at Cliffside Park High School’s first College and Career night.