Realizing that manufacturers need to continue assessing the potential risks and opportunities for their organizations, the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) on Wednesday announced two new programs to help the state’s manufacturing community meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
NJMEP said it is providing no-fee, online virtual training, and consulting sessions in three categories:
- Process Control (Lean, Six Sigma, and Plant Layout);
- Human Resources & Sales (Employer/Employee Policy and Business Development);
- Business Planning (Strategic Planning, Business Continuity Planning, and Risk Assessment)
Manufacturers can take advantage of five, four-hour sessions of training and/or consulting in any of the above areas.
The second program from NJMEP will train 160 underemployed or unemployed individuals from Newark, Paterson, Camden and Trenton.
These individuals will be provided with online Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) training. MSSC training includes modules in Safety, Quality Practices & Management, Manufacturing Processes & Production, and Maintenance Awareness. Participants will graduate from the program as either Certified Production Technicians (CPT) or Certified Logistics Technicians (CLT).
They will also receive foundational certifications in manufacturing and transportation, logistics and distribution (TLD) – a qualification that helps with upskilling and onboarding.
Candidates will be available for a 90 day ‘temp to perm’ assignment after the completion of the first module.
“The economic implications of this pandemic are and will continue to hit our manufacturing community hard. While we hope that it will be a quick dip, the reality is that we don’t know how long recovery will take. NJMEP’s mission is now more important than ever. As obstacles and challenges that we haven’t seen before arise, we continue to be a solutions provider for manufacturers, and lead in the recovery process,” said NJMEP Chief Executive Officer John Kennedy.
These programs are now open and NJMEP account managers and field teams are in the process of reaching out to manufacturers across the state. Any manufacturer interested in taking part should contact NJMEP.