Assembly Republican Press Release -
Bridgeton, NJ – Recognizing the potential career opportunities that vocational training and technical education provide, Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi hosted a Workforce Development Roundtable discussion on Monday with businesses leaders and vocational and technical school administrators to discuss employment opportunities available to people with the proper training. The roundtable was held at the Cumberland County Vo-Tech School.
“With the closing of at least three Atlantic City casinos, many workers who make their livelihood from the industry face an uncertain future,” said Fiocchi. “The good news is that there are opportunities to transition into a new vocation. Career and technical education allows students, regardless of age, the chance to learn the necessary skills that are required. Job recruiters and educators exchanged their ideas on what kinds of jobs are in demand and where people can get the training they need. The roundtable was a great opportunity for everyone to learn.”
In May, Fiocchi introduced a package of workforce development bills designed to provide people with employment opportunities by obtaining skill sets in demand. One measure, A-3197, creates “The Partners for Growth Council,” a cross-section of organized labor, education, business and government working together to identify unfilled job openings. Members will develop training programs that address the educational needs of those seeking employment.
Fiocchi said this legislation is the perfect opportunity to match job seekers with companies that have employment needs in certain technical areas. Vocational and technical schools are the linchpin that matches the supply and demand for labor.
“I want to thank Dina Elliot, Superintendent of the Cumberland County Vo-Tech, for hosting this productive meeting. We will be holding a follow-up meeting in the late fall or winter to discuss advances or ideas that will match workers with jobs,” concluded Fiocchi.