Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday signed into law legislation to connect New Jersey workers with manufacturing jobs.
The law will add manufacturers to the list of prioritized employers in the existing Workforce Development Partnership Program to supply the industry with more skilled workers.
Assembly Bill 4023 was sponsored by Assemblymen Wayne DeAngelo, D-14th District, and Eric Houghtaling, D-11th District. DeAngelo and Houghtaling say manufacturing employers are finding that a growing skills gap in the field of manufacturing is leaving them without qualified candidates, despite having plenty of jobs available.
The program provides certain workers with employment and training services to help them keep or obtain a job and have the opportunity to advance in one’s career. When the state evaluates which employers to award grants to for these services, the current program gives preference to those who provide services or supplies to military bases, plan to train veterans or are involved in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics field.
DeAngelo and Houghtaling say manufacturing employers will be expected to comply with existing program provisions, including justifying why the funding is needed, explaining how many employees would be trained and describing their plan to improve their businesses.