State legislators want to provide a financial boost to the manufacturing training programs in New Jersey, a move proponents argue will help employers fill thousands of skilled labor positions.
The NJMEP would use the funds to boost its workforce development programs, support entry-level training, provide credentials to state residents and offer employment to the state’s underserved residents, such as veterans.
The Senate approved the measure by a 39-0 vote at its Sept. 27 meeting; the Assembly 77-0 at its Oct. 29 meeting.
“There is a common misconception that accessing a high-paying job requires an expensive four-year degree. That is not the case,” Sen. Steven Oroho, R-24th District, a sponsor of the Senate bill, said in a statement. “Workforce development programs such as the NJMEP have produced tangible results for our veterans, unemployed and underemployed residents.”
New Jersey’s manufacturing industry generates $46 billion annually and creates 250,000 direct jobs and 1 million indirect jobs, according to a statement from the Legislative District 11 offices, whose state senator sponsored the Senate bill.
“Manufacturing is a key industry here in New Jersey, making major contributions to our economy and employing hundreds of thousands of hardworking residents,” said bill sponsor Assemblywoman Joann Downey, D-11th District, in a statement. “It is imperative that we as legislators work to support our manufacturing industry and organizations like NJMEP that advocate on behalf of manufacturing business owners and employees.”