Gov. Phil Murphy wants New Jersey to partner with the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce to offer more training for jobs in the manufacturing sector.
The Murphy administration inked an agreement with the Berlin-based DIHK, an association of dozens of chambers across Germany, to boost the state’s workforce in high-growth sectors state officials have identified as promising industries, it was announced Friday.
Those taking part in the agreement will exchange information, share best practices and partner with New Jersey-based German businesses that plan to boost their apprenticeship programs.
In his fourth day of a trade trip across Germany and Israel to strengthen business ties in both countries, Murphy on Friday said the deal with DIHK, formally called a joint declaration of intent, will boost productivity and economic growth in the state.
Murphy, New Jersey Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo and DIHK CEO Martin Wansleben, each signed the agreement in Berlin.
“In my mind, there is almost no industry sector that wouldn’t benefit from a robust apprenticeship program,” Asaro-Angelo said in a prepared statement. “This partnership will lead the way for us to expand apprenticeship to sectors that are vital to New Jersey’s economy such as transportation and logistics, health care, advanced manufacturing, clean energy and more.”