March 19, 2018

Gottheimer Outlines Vision for Future of Technology Jobs in New Jersey

PARAMUS, NJ — Today, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) spoke with local business leaders at a tech forum, where he outlined his vision for the future of technology jobs in New Jersey.

From the Stryker Manufacturing Laboratory at Bergen Community College, Gottheimer discussed opportunities for private firms and public education institutions to work together to create a workforce prepared with the technical education necessary to fill New Jersey’s middle skill jobs.

According to Manpower Group’s Talent Shortage Survey, 44% of employers cite the absence of technical skills as the most significant barrier to fulfilling their needs.

“To create good-paying jobs, growth, and innovation in North Jersey, we need to rapidly transform our state. It turns out that in New Jersey, there are more high- and low-skill workers than most employers need, but not nearly enough qualified middle-skill workers. We have an employment, or skill, mismatch. Let’s help fill more of those middle-skill jobs by focusing on “middle skill education,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer. “Jersey’s got the goods. Now it’s just a matter of what we make of it.”

Emilio Sanchez, Senior Director for Business Development at Styker, said, “Stryker is built on innovation. Our technology is on the far end of innovation. Here at home, we have the latest and greatest technology. It’s not numbers, it’s practical science. Persons like myself will engage with industry and education with institutions like NJIT and local colleges to basically integrate industry into the thought process of students and education. STEAM provides a wonderful education to many career paths.”