Responding to the Workforce Needs of New Jersey's Energy Sector
Identified skill and knowledge gaps facing New Jersey's energy industry.
From 2006 to 2007, the Heldrich Center worked with leading companies within New Jersey's energy sector to respond to the critical skill and knowledge gaps facing the industry. The project involved: (1) identifying the priority workforce needs of New Jersey’s energy sector based on input from the project’s Industry Advisory Group and a review of currently available research, (2) identifying existing education and workforce programs and strategies already preparing individuals for occupations within the gas and electric utilities sector, (3) developing recommendations for specific strategies for meeting the workforce needs of the industry, and (4) facilitating the development of business-education partnerships to implement energy sector-related training programs. The project resulted in a strategic plan and the implementation of new education and training programs specifically for high-demand jobs within the state’s energy industry.