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Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network

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New Jersey’s Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network (MNJ) builds partnerships in the manufacturing industry to develop and support advanced manufacturing in the Garden State and formulate strategies for competing at the regional, national, and global levels.

MNJ, led by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), connects with businesses, educational institutions, workforce organizations, training groups, and community- and faith-based organizations to gather ground-level intelligence on the industry to make informed decisions on high-quality public workforce investments and expand the number of New Jersey residents with industry-valued credentials or degrees.

Raymond Vaccari, Direct, NJ Advanced Manufacturing Talent Networks Promotes Apprenticeship Programs at the 2017 Industry Summit

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2017 Industry Summit Apprenticeship Accelerator Program Interviews
Road Show Video

Key Efforts

  • Develop industry intelligence: Creating and implementing effective workforce and education programs requires an accurate and timely understanding of business needs. MNJ, working closely with labor market analysts from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, is a crucial source of information on the workforce needs of the industry. MNJ hosts an Industry Summit to gather intelligence and inform key workforce stakeholders of essential employer needs and produces an annual Industry Workforce Report. Additionally, MNJ engages employers and industry associations to contribute to the Industry-Valued Credentials list.
  • Develop high-quality, employer-driven partnerships: MNJ works closely with businesses, Workforce Development Boards, educational institutions, training groups, and community- and faith-based organizations to develop high-quality, employer-driven partnerships known as Targeted Industry Partnerships (TIPs).

Return on Investment for Businesses to Join TIPs

  • Gain the distinction of becoming an industry champion and receive priority on applications for New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development training grants.
  • Access the Targeted Industry Partnership (TIP) fund, which will support implementation of the strongest workforce investment ideas developed by the TIPs.
  • Spearhead discussion on the priorities of your industry with business, workforce development, education, and state officials to shape the future of your industry.
  • Network with regional businesses in your industry to promote innovation, collaboration, and efficiency.

MNJ works in areas of the state that have a concentration of advanced manufacturing businesses to:

  • identify workforce needs and common skill gaps to determine in-demand skills, abilities, and credentials.
  • develop a workforce strategy (formalized in a written plan) to satisfy workforce needs and close skill gaps.
  • develop sustainable TIPs through commitments from partners.

Quick Facts

  • Advanced manufacturing employers paid nearly $13.5 billion in total wages in 2015, or about 6.5 percent of all wages paid.
  • The percentage of the advanced manufacturing workforce has grown increasingly older over the past 17 years. Workers aged 45 and older accounted for 59 percent of the workforce in 2014, up from 42 percent in 1997. The share of workers older than 65 has more than doubled over the same time frame. This means there are tremendous opportunities for young people to advance their careers in this industry as older workers retire.
  • The average annual wages paid in advanced manufacturing are $85,840, well above the statewide private sector average of $61,980 in 2015.
  • Approximately two-thirds of all manufacturing industry employment in the state is classified as advanced.
  • There were over 5,100 establishments in New Jersey that employed nearly 157,000 people in the advanced manufacturing cluster in 2015. Employment is scattered throughout the state and found in places ranging from very large pharmaceutical firms to much smaller machine shops. 
  • 90 percent of all manufacturing firms in NJ have 50 or fewer employees and 40 percent have four or fewer employees. We have become a supply chain state to the world.
  • In 2015, New Jersey employed nearly 44,000 people in chemical manufacturing, the state’s largest segment of advanced manufacturing, which ranks fourth among states behind only California, Texas and Illinois. New Jersey accounts for 5.4 percent of chemical manufacturing employment in the nation.
  • New Jersey’s unique competitive advantages include geographic proximity to roughly 40 percent of the US population, an extensive transportation network including access to land, air and sea, and a highly educated and very diverse workforce.
  • The food manufacturing industry has added jobs in each of the last eight years. The Food manufacturing industry is up 2,300 jobs from 2008-2015, an average annual increase of 1.1 percent per year. For context, NJ overall declined by an average of -0.1 per year during the same time period. Commercial and retail bakeries, in particular, have shown solid growth during this time.