NJMEP providing free training for manufacturers, workers

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program is continuing its efforts to help manufacturers during the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing a pair of new programs Wednesday.

NJMEP said the first new program includes five, four-hour sessions of no-fee online virtual training and consulting in three categories:

  • Process control, including lean, Six Sigma and plant layout;
  • Human resources and sales, including employer/employee policy and business development; and
  • Business planning, including strategic planning, business continuity planning and risk assessment.

The second program involves NJMEP providing 160 underemployed or unemployed people from the urban centers of Newark, Paterson, Camden and Trenton with online Manufacturing Skills Standards Council training. As a result of the training, participants will receive foundational certifications in manufacturing and transportation, logistics and distribution, NJMEP noted.

They will be available for 90-day “temp-to-perm” assignment after they complete the first module, NJMEP said.

“The economic implications of this pandemic are and will continue to hit our manufacturing community hard,” John Kennedy, CEO of NJMEP, said in a prepared statement. “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.”

For more on how NJMEP can help manufacturers with COVID-19 issues, click here.