NJMEP is reinvesting in workforce development

New workforce training facility is geared to offer hands-on training programs tailored to meet the evolving needs of New Jersey's diverse manufacturing sector

New training center in Cedar Knolls

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program recently unveiled its brand new, state-of-the-art training facility at its Cedar Knolls headquarters. The goal behind the new training center is to bring essential skills training, along with more advanced skills, to today’s manufacturing workforce. The training center will feature the latest innovations in advanced manufacturing technology and a large training space that can host trainees for any given course requiring hands-on equipment experience.

The Cedar Knolls Training Center features the following Advanced Manufacturing technologies:

  • 3D printers;
  • Robotic arms;
  • HAAS PLC powered Desktop Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) mills;
  • Augmented reality ARC welding equipment;
  • Laser engraving machines;
  • The ability to provide custom training depending on the company/partner’s needs.

This state-of-the-art facility is geared to offer hands-on training programs tailored to meet the evolving needs of New Jersey’s diverse manufacturing sector. The workforce training center is designed to address the critical skills gap in the manufacturing industry by providing comprehensive training programs. Led by industry experts, these programs will equip participants with the practical skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s manufacturing environment. From technical skills to leadership development, the center aims to empower individuals with the expertise required to drive innovation and productivity in their workplaces. Coupled with NJMEP’s Open Enrollment Calendar, which puts all the latest industry training right at your fingertips, the NJMEP Cedar Knolls Training Center will be the epicenter for advanced manufacturing skills training!

New skills for manufacturing professionals

The Cedar Knolls Training Center is tasked with making Advanced Manufacturing training and careers more accessible to jobseekers looking to break into the manufacturing industry or to further advance their career. Additionally, manufacturers that need training but don’t have the space to accommodate hands-on training can take advantage of this new facility. As New Jersey’s premier training and consulting partner for manufacturers, NJMEP understands the difficult and time-consuming nature of training new employees and upskilling existing staff with the latest certifications and trainings — that’s why the new training center is designed with making it easier for manufacturers to plan and execute new training programs.

Manufacturers in New Jersey can now seize the opportunity to leverage this cutting-edge facility to enhance their workforce capabilities. With a focus on hands-on learning and tailored development initiatives, NJMEP’s workforce training center promises to be a valuable resource for companies looking to invest in their employees’ growth and success. To learn more about his exciting opportunity or to join us in shaping the future of manufacturing in New Jersey, head to njmep.org/contact to discover how your business can take advantage of this new facility.

Mobile training center

In addition to the new state of the art training facility in North Jersey, NJMEP is also introducing a Mobile Training Center equipped with cutting-edge manufacturing tech, ready to travel across New Jersey. This custom-built Winnebago will provide manufacturers in both North and South Jersey with on-demand training using 3D printers, robotic arms, CNC mills and much more. The goal is to make advanced manufacturing skills accessible to job seekers and manufacturers, offering custom on-site training across North, Central and South Jersey. The Mobile Training Center will save manufacturers time, energy and costs by replacing the need for sending employees to various sites across the state to get equipped with the latest industry training. Plus, NJMEP’s “Future Makers & Creators Tour” will also be making use of the mobile training lab, which is intended to inspire the next generation of makers by bringing modern manufacturing to schools statewide. Good news for manufacturers, as now they’ll be presented with a unique opportunity to participate in the tour and engage directly with their future workforce!

Join the movement

The NJMEP Mobile Training Center aims not only to train existing manufacturing professionals but also to inspire the next generation of makers and creators through its Future Makers & Creators Tour. This initiative offers schools in all 21 New Jersey counties a firsthand experience of modern manufacturing, allowing students to interact with cutting-edge technologies and industry professionals while exploring career paths in the field. Manufacturers are encouraged to join this movement by participating in the tour, engaging with students, and showcasing career opportunities in manufacturing. For those interested in learning more about this unique opportunity, head to njmep.org/makersandcreators to connect with NJMEP as it brings Advanced Manufacturing across New Jersey.