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Wednesday, January 15, 2020


 
Governor Murphy Announces the Jobs NJ Plan
Today, Governor Murphy, joined by Office of Higher Education (OSHE) Secretary Zakiya Smith Ellis, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) CEO Tim Sullivan, Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDLWD) Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo, and the Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont O. Repollet, announced the Jobs NJ Plan. The plan outlines initiatives to assist jobseekers in the state with education and job training to find employment, as well as help businesses find talent. Jobs NJ was crafted with the help of the Governor’s Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council. The plan highlighted what the administration has done thus far, and lists a number of aspirations it hopes to achieve by 2025 in order to meet its stated goal of connecting job seekers with employers, and employers with talent. 

Jobs NJ lays out three key strategies as: expand access to opportunity, train individuals for in-demand jobs, and match talent to jobs.
 
As part of the Jobs NJ, OSHE has been charged with ensuring 250,000 additional Black, Latinx, and Native American individuals attain post-secondary credentials. OSHE will be also launching the “Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge”, a competitive grant program open to all public and nonprofit colleges and universities to implement best practices that have been vetted by Governor-appointed working groups. Jobs NJ will build off the Higher Education Plan to work towards college affordability.
 
Jobs NJ goals originated from the Governor’s Economic Plan that was released in 2018. NJEDA will create NJ Talent Solutions, an interagency approach to work directly with businesses to analyze talent challenges.
 
The plan calls on NJDLWD to expand training programs, including apprenticeship opportunities and launching the New Jersey Career Network, a digital coaching and support platform for job-seekers. Following a pilot program, a beta version of the New Jersey Career Network platform launched in January 2020.
 
The Jobs NJ plan calls for expansion of the P-TECH model to more schools. The administration launched the P-TECH model in public high schools, which provides students with a chance to earn STEM-related associate degrees while still in high school.

CCSNJ looks forward engaging with the administration during the implementation of the plan to ensure that the needs of our members and the South Jersey Business community are represented.

If you have any questions or comments about the above, please feel free to reach out to Hilary Beckett, Manager, Government Affairs, at hbeckett@chambersnj.com
 
For a summary of the Jobs NJ Planclick here.
To read the press release from the Governor’s event, click here.

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