Mar-27-12 SUMMIT WILL EXPLORE EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS GROWTH POTENTIAL FOR NEW JERSEY MANUFACTURING
The March 30 summit, open to education professionals as well as business leaders, will be held 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the first floor Atrium of NJIT’s Campus Center in Newark. Manufacturers across the supply chain and state policy leaders will discuss trends, issues and opportunities for a future clean energy supply chain in New Jersey.
As the clean energy industry grows, so do opportunities for New Jersey manufacturers to become part of the supply chain and component development needed for the industry. That potential also creates the hope of more jobs for Garden State residents. The energy areas of focus at the summit will include solar, wind and natural gas.
“Production of wealth in New Jersey’s growth sectors, like renewable energy, will require careful thought about how we support a healthy supply chain of manufacturers who can source, make and deliver goods. This summit is an exciting opportunity to unpack that from both the business and public perspectives,” said Meredith Aronson of ManufactureNJ.
ManufactureNJ is one of six Talent Networks created last year by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) around industry sectors driving the Garden State’s economy. More than half of New Jersey workers are employed in the six industries and those industries pay more than two-thirds of wages paid in New Jersey.
The industries included in the Talent Networks include:
- Transportation, Logistics and Distribution
- Life Sciences
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Financial Services
- Health Care
- Technology and Entrepreneurship
“The purpose of our Talent Networks is to create a way for the employers in our six key industry sectors to identify the skills, education and training they need in prospective employees so that our educational and training institutions may train and prepare our workforce for the jobs that will emerge in our growing economy,” said Aaron Fichtner, LWD’s Deputy Commissioner and a panelist at the summit.
Higher education and local school district administrators are being invited to the NJIT summit, along with business and industry leaders, to offer them a more sophisticated perspective of the knowledge and skill set their students will need to enter the manufacturing sector and its growing workforce.
“Collaborations between higher education, industry and the public sector are essential to growing this sector for the state – aligning those interests towards a common goal seems a worthy action in these tough economic times,” said Gale Spak, Associate Vice President of Continuing & Distance Education at NJIT.
To learn more or register for the summit, visit http://bit.ly/wbYZdp or call 800.624.9850.