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Bipartisan Bill to Boost Training for Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Passes Committee

Legislation Sponsored in Part by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker

In an effort to help more people acquire the skills they need to obtain jobs in the advanced manufacturing industry, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker would provide assistance to these businesses by helping more students receive the training needed to enter the field. Advanced manufacturing uses innovative technology to improve the manufacturing process and the resultant products.

The bill (A-1431) was advanced by the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee on Thursday. Assemblyman Zwicker (D-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) released the following statement:

“Advanced manufacturing techniques such as automation and information technologies improve productivity and efficiency by minimizing time and waste, as well as suppling consumers with the high-quality goods they demand. As the manufacturing industry transitions to more advanced techniques, workers need to acquire the skills that allow them to participate in this exciting new field.

“This legislation helps this workforce transition by creating a list of industry recognized credentials to be used in developing educational programs in our county vocational schools and higher education institution. The Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the Secretary of Higher Education and members of the manufacturing industry will be developing the credentials criteria.

“A skilled workforce in the advanced manufacturing field will prove to be an invaluable asset to New Jersey’s thriving science, technology and innovation economy.”

The measure is also sponsored by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic).