Gopal Bill Supporting Entry-Level Manufacturing Training Benefiting Veterans and Residents Advances

A bill sponsored by New Jersey Legislative Manufacturing Caucus Chairman Senator Vin Gopal and Senator Steve Oroho that would make a General Fund supplemental appropriation of $250,000 to the Department of State for the purpose of funding the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc advanced from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on September 24.

“Many residents and veterans in our state struggle to find long-term employment with a decent wage,” said Senator Gopal (D-Monmouth).

“We also have manufacturers in the state facing difficulties filling positions that require knowledge of new technologies with evolved skill sets compounded by a general lack of interest in manufacturing jobs.  This bill would put our residents and veterans back to work with manufacturers in our state and help them receive the training needed for the vacant positions.”

The bill, S-2839, would require the provided funding to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of entry-level, statewide worker training with a focus on employing underserved and underemployed veterans, as well as state residents searching for long-term employment opportunities. 

This bill was released from committee by a vote of 12-0, and next heads to the full Senate for further consideration.