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Chris Emigholz Christopher Emigholz Chief Government Affairs Officer

Education & Workforce Development Committee

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 2018 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.

If you have questions, please contact Chris Emigholz at cemigholz@njbia.org.

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Education & Workforce Development News

Position Papers

October 13, 2022
NJBA Testimony in Strong Support of A-2014/S-659

On behalf of our member companies that make NJBIA the largest and most impactful statewide business association in the nation, thank you to Assemblymen Conaway and Wirths for sponsoring this bill and to Chairwoman Jasey for posting it and allowing us the opportunity to express our very strong support for A-2014/S-659. Workforce Crisis As we […]

September 29, 2022
NJBIA Support of S-2477

On behalf of our member companies that make NJBIA the largest, most impactful statewide business association in the nation, I write to you in support of Senate Bill No. 2477 (Ruiz/Cruz-Perez) which will ensure a mixed delivery system for childcare by mandating that school districts provide a majority of preschool pupil placements at licensed childcare […]

February 7, 2022
NJBIA Testimony on Improving Equity and Access for New Jersey’s workforce

On behalf of NJBIA, the country’s largest statewide business association, we appreciate the opportunity to testify today on how the State can improve equity and access for New Jersey’s workforce by reducing regional, economic, and other disparities in the transportation network.   First, we want to acknowledge the work done and outreach made to NJBIA by […]

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June 16, 2021
NJBIA Supports Bills Providing $249 Million for Career and Technical Education

An Assembly committee has approved two bills supported by NJBIA that provide $249 million for career vocational and technical education from the Securing Our Children’s Future Fund. The Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released A-5888 (DeAngelo/Armato/Quijano), which appropriates $26.4 million for Career and Technical Education (CTE) at nine county colleges. The committee also released A-5889 […]

June 10, 2021
NJBIA Supports Workforce Bill that Commits $3 Million to Basic Skills Training

NJBIA supported a bill on Thursday that commits $3 million from the state Supplemental Workforce Fund for Basic Skills to the NJBIA Basic Skills Training Program, administered through the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. Bill S-793, sponsored by Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31), was unanimously released by the Senate Labor Committee. […]

May 14, 2021
NJBIA Supports Bill to Provide Tax Credits to Those Who Hire Developmentally Disabled

Senate President Steve Sweeney on Friday introduced a bill, strongly supported by NJBIA, that would provide tax credits to businesses that employ the developmentally disabled. The legislation would allow a credit against corporation business tax liability or gross income tax liability of 10% of the salary and wages paid to an employee with a developmental […]

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