NJBIA Applauds NJ’s Rise in Workforce Development Rankings
The New Jersey Business & Industry Association said New Jersey’s rise to second place in a national magazine’s ranking of workforce development efforts in the northeast underscores the success of NJBIA’s partnership with state government and academia to make workforce readiness a priority.
“One of New Jersey’s competitive advantages is its skilled workforce,” said NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka. “We are the home of highly educated, well-trained workers, advanced manufacturing and world-class research facilities. New Jersey’s rise in the workforce development rankings underscores the success of ongoing programs aimed at ensuring employees have the skills needed for today’s jobs.”
Site Selection magazine, which delivers expansion planning information to nearly 50,000 executives of fast-growing firms, recently named New Jersey No. 2 in its 2016 Workforce Development rankings for the nine Northeast states, up two places from the No. 4 spot in 2015. The rankings are intended to provide executives with a general sense of which states in a given region are devoting sufficient or superior resources to preparing their workforces for current and future employment.
NJBIA works with academia, government and its 20,000 member companies to ensure that programs are developed and implemented to strengthen the state’s workforce pipeline to make sure prospective employees have the writing, verbal communication, critical thinking and time management skills that businesses need, as well as the high-tech skills needed for today’s manufacturing industry.
Working with academia and state government, NJBIA’s successful efforts include the NJBIA Basic Skills Workforce Training Program taught at county colleges by the New Jersey County College Consortium for Workforce & Economic Development (NJCCC). This program provides unique resources for New Jersey businesses and organizations to access, develop, and receive workforce education and training for their current and emerging workforce. In addition, a 12-week fabricated metal manufacturing training program developed by NJBIA’s Manufacturers Network and the NJCCC is providing metalworkers with 300 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction.
“NJBIA is committed to ensuring that employees have the qualifications that businesses need and is helping to close the skills gaps through training programs, educational partnerships and improvements in New Jersey’s education system to better prepare the workforce of the future,” Siekerka said.
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.