NJDOL partners with industry leaders to advance manufacturing in New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced on Monday it has launched a new partnership with the state’s manufacturers, holding kickoff events throughout the state.

“We know that meeting the needs of business can’t solely be about training – it requires a comprehensive approach,” Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said. “We want everyone to not only have a seat at the table, but be actively engaged with each other, learning and developing our state’s workforce through all the connections and resources available.”

The partnership was designed to help New Jersey manufacturers thrive in the state, positioning them to work with public partners, such as local colleges, to resolve business challenges in their industry.

“Industry Partnerships brought leaders in manufacturing together to discuss our biggest challenges, with the direct support of government and education in the room,” John Radwell, vice president of customer satisfaction at Radwell. “One of the most discussed issues is improving our talent pipeline, and this forum helped us agree to bring more students and teachers into our facilities, fostering internships, co-ops, and more hands-on opportunities.”

Since the partnerships are region-based, kickoff events were held at Brand Aromatics in Lakewood, Eastern Millworks Inc. in Jersey City and Radwell International in Willingboro.

“Advanced Manufacturing is one of the high-growth sectors identified in Governor Murphy’s plan for a stronger and fairer economy, and supporting this industry is key to creating good jobs for New Jersey residents. The input we have received from conversations with industry leaders will facilitate the development of initiatives that address the challenges the industry faces. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Commissioner Asaro-Angelo and his team,” New Jersey Economic Development Authority CEO Tim Sullivan said.

Partnerships for the state’s other key industries will include finance, retail trade, life sciences, health care, technology, construction and energy, leisure and hospitality, and transportation, distribution and logistics.