Education and Workforce Development
NJBIA members must have access to a well-trained and educated workforce. This is why education and workforce development is so critical. Our most recent Business Outlook Survey shows entry-level employees generally lack employability skills. These skills include writing, verbal communication, critical thinking and time management. There is also a technical skills gap, particularly in manufacturing.
In January NJBIA released The Education Equation: Strategies for Retaining and Attracting New Jersey’s Future Workforce. It outlines strategies to prepare New Jersey’s future workforce. It also focuses attention on building a dynamic brand for New Jersey higher education and how to build career readiness standards into all curriculum of K-16 education.
NJBIA works with academia, government and our members to ensure that programs are developed and implemented. These programs strengthen the state’s workforce pipeline and closes the existing skills gap. Thanks to these efforts, several programs have already been implemented.