NEW JERSEY MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES DESPITE COVID-19
In-person training, apprenticeship classes, recruitment events, and engaging with New Jersey JAG and high schools were put in question once COVID-19 hit. NJMEP found a way to work around these disruptions and continue to provide the vital workforce development programs NJ manufacturers require. Whether manufacturers need to recruit new workers, improve retention, upskill current employees, connect with local vocation or high schools, or if a business has a unique workforce challenge, there is a solution.
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Every New Jersey manufacturer is considered essential. The workforce couldn’t work from home and needed to show up each day. Many refused, others were already struggling with a dwindling workforce, and every manufacturing business still needed a strong talent pipeline, pandemic or not. It was vital to remain agile and continue providing workforce development services even after the world shut down.
NJMEP is here to announce that workforce development solutions were not put on hold. Brand-new programs were developed in response to specific COVID-19-related workforce disruptions. Project 160 is one of the solutions manufacturers can take advantage of to start bolstering their workforce.
Workforce development programs and solutions including the Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship programs are still taking place. Virtual training helped ensure no individual or manufacturer lost out on critical education and training. Now more than ever it is vital to strengthen the pipeline of skilled manufacturing talent. Each unique workforce program available through NJMEP is designed to help businesses bridge this skills gap.
To speak with a member of the Workforce Development team today, contact us. NJMEP works together with manufacturers to identify their exact pain points and craft a unique solution. Getting started is easy.
Contact a Member of the Workforce Development Team:
Business Development and Recruitment Specialist
Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership
Operations and Business Development Specialist
Assistant Director of PEN Team
This article originally appeared in Manufacturing Matters