WHONJ Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network (ManufactureNJ) will hold an Industry Summit to spotlight the initiatives educators and trainers are taking to help close the manufacturing skills gap in New Jersey. ManufactureNJ also will host the newly formed New Jersey Legislature’s Manufacturing Caucus, which will hold a public meeting at this event. Funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, ManufactureNJ is hosted at and managed by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

WHAT: The ManfactureNJ Industry Summit will feature presentations by noted speakers on the focus and expectations of New Jersey’s talent networks, manufacturing statistics for New Jersey and updates on targeted industry partnerships. It will include educational and training breakout sessions as well.

Al Stimac, president and CEO of Metal Essence, Inc. and Machining Solutions, LLC and president of the Manufacturers Association of Florida, will provide the keynote address on training and apprenticeship opportunities. He is a leading speaker on training in the manufacturing industry, and has championed a manufacturing-based economy to businesses, chambers of commerce, and state and federal legislators.

Additionally, Aaron Fichtner, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will lead a presentation.

An Apprenticeship Accelerator Program exclusively for attending manufacturers will follow the summit. The program will offer information on how manufacturers can establish apprenticeships and, toward this end, take advantage of the new MechaFORCE Registered Internship Manufacturing Program.

WHEN: Aug. 23, 2017. 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: NJIT’s Campus Center, Second-floor Ballroom. For directions, visit njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php

WHY: The rapidly growing manufacturing industry in New Jersey requires a skilled and knowledgeable workforce to advance and remain competitive.

“The ManufactureNJ Industry Summit is a great opportunity for attendees to learn about what education and training providers are doing to meet the labor force needs of New Jersey manufacturers,” said Raymond Vaccari, director, ManufactureNJ. “They also will have the chance to meet with members of the newly formed New Jersey Legislature’s Manufacturing Caucus to share their concerns and discuss solutions.”

TO ATTEND: New Jersey manufacturers, educators, workforce-development professionals and industry associations are encouraged to attend. The event is free and breakfast will be sponsored by NJIT, beginning at 8:15. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nj-advanced-manufacturing-talent-network-industry-summit-tickets-36437673061?aff=NJIT.

CONTACT: For additional information regarding the ManufactureNJ Industry Summit, please email Janine Kroner at janine.kroner@njit.edu.