Governor Phil Murphy’s proposed new Economic Master Plan includes substantial investments in the State’s education system and workforce development programs aimed at attracting and retaining a strong talent pool. NJ CAR has spoken with the Murphy Administration and looks forward to working with it on workforce initiatives that will highlight the many job opportunities available in New Jersey’s franchised automotive retail industry, particularly the shortage of skilled service technicians.
Under the plan, the State will launch “New Jersey Talent,” a series of initiatives aimed at incentivizing employers to hire frequently overlooked job candidates, such as older workers, people with disabilities, veterans, previously incarcerated individuals and others.
Other initiatives include the STEM Loan Forgiveness program, which will provide up to $8,000 in debt relief to college graduates who remain in New Jersey and work in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math, and the New Jersey Career Accelerator Internship program, which will subsidize paid internships for high school and college students and the New Jersey Apprenticeship Network to provide paid, high-skilled apprenticeship programs in New Jersey.
The Governor’s Economic Master Plan also calls for the development of the New Jersey Career Network, which would provide coaching and training to workers and examine various issues to further boost the State’s job growth.