Training Grants and the Importance of Workforce Development
Especially in manufacturing, your workforce is your most valuable asset. Enhancing the skills of your current staff, as well as training new employees, are fundamental requirements to success in today’s business climate. While NJ’s manufacturers should always strive to achieve workforce development, it would be a mistake to overlook the utilization of available Workforce Development Grants.
Next Round Announced:
The New Jersey Department of Labor (NJ-DOL) has recently released information on the next round of Workforce Development Grants to help NJ companies upgrade the skills of their current staff and / or train new employees with up to $50,000 per company available Please note that these Grants are developed to be “matching,” as the NJ-DOL pays for the cost of the training. Companies cover the cost of their employees to participate in training. These programs are generally provided on-site.
NJMEP has had great success working with this program and has established itself as one of the top providers of Workforce Development Instruction for manufacturing and STEM-based firms.
Initially, a Corporate Assessment is conducted to determine the most appropriate training to meet your objectives. Then, we work with you to develop a plan and the application to support your request.
Key programs include:
- Lean Transformation
- ISO Process – towards Certification
- ISO – 2015 Revisions for Re-Certification* (more info below)
- Food Organization & Safety* (more info below)
- Business Development – Sales & Marketing
- Supervisory Development
- Leadership / Business Communciation
*ISO 9001 – 2015 Upgrades:
ISO 9001 upgrades have been a hot topic within the NJ manufacturing community this year. Grants are available to help NJ companies interested in upgrading their existing ISO 9001- 2008 certification to the new 2015 standard.
NJMEP has designed a customized training program to assist companies in becoming compliant to the new standard by providing employees with the knowledge and understanding of the revised requirements needed to upgrade and achieve the new ISO 9001- 2015 certification
*Coming Soon for Food Manufacturers: Use a Grant to Navigate FSMA
Many NJ food manufacturers and members of their supply chain are looking to navigate the changes due to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA is now in effect, and 950 new inspectors will be out enforcing the updates. Will you have your Food Safety and HARPC plans ready for them?
It is vital for companies to understand the new rules and enforcement dates. For example, organizations must now comply with the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC) provision in the FSMA. HARCP is a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan, but with more defined preventative programs. Companies must address key topics such as allergen control, food defense, pest control, hygiene, cleaning and sanitation. If you are looking to learn more information about FSMA, you can download a complimentary FSMA Information Sheet by clicking here.
Individual Corporation Training Grants and Consortia Grants will be available Click here to learn more.
The deadlines for application are rapidly approaching, so you show move forward ASAP!
To begin the process or for more information, immediately connect with your NJMEP Account Manager or contact us by calling 973-998-9801 or filling out the online form by clicking here.
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