A partnership of almost 200 business, education, labor, and government representatives has pulled together in New Jersey to promote technical education. The goal of this effort is to expand career opportunities for students and reduce the shortage of job applicants who possess the technical skills needed to fill available positions.
Newark, NJ-based PSEG has taken a leading role in promoting the coalition and its goals, including supporting a legislative agenda that would expand the capacity of the state’s already crowded technical schools. “We foresee ongoing hiring needs for craft workers and other skilled technical labor, and think that the career and technical education programs are a key source and key pipeline for that talent,” explained Sally Nadler, Manager of Workforce Development, PSEG, who gave a presentation on the coalition and its goals at a recent CEWD regional meeting.
The coalition is led by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) and the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (NJCCVTS), but companies like PSEG play a critical role in garnering legislators’ attention and support, said Judy Savage, Executive Director, NJCCVTS.