NJEDA Board of Directors Approves Support for Salem County Offshore Wind Employment Training Programs

April 14, 2022

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Agreement with Salem County Vocational Technical School will help prepare local workers for offshore wind opportunities

Trenton, New Jersey (April 14, 2022) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) yesterday received approval from its board of trustees to enter into an agreement with Salem County Vocational Technical School (SCVTS) that will support the expansion of the school’s offshore wind-related painting and welding programs. Under the agreement, NJEDA will provide up to $200,000 to support the expansion of programs that will prepare students and workers for jobs manufacturing heavy steel offshore wind components.

“NJEDA’s support of SCVTS’ offshore wind programs is part of our efforts to ensure that New Jersey’s pipeline of skilled workers keeps pace with the growing demand from the fast-growing offshore wind industry,” the chief executive said. of NJEDA, Tim Sullivan. “This focus on offshore wind education supports Governor Phil Murphy’s vision for New Jersey as a global industry leader, and also advances his goal of a stronger, fairer economy by creating opportunities equitable education and work.

NJEDA will help fund the equipment, materials, instructor time and other expenses needed to train high school and post-secondary students in the specific skills required for large-scale steel component fabrication. This agreement complements a similar agreement agreement between NJEDA and Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) announced in December 2021.

“From the beginning of this process, NJEDA has been committed to ensuring Salem County residents have the opportunity to find employment at Wind Port facilities.” Said Salem County Commissioner Director Ben Laury. “The Board of Commissioners is pleased to see this commitment manifested in an investment for SCVTS and its students.”

“NJEDA’s commitment to fund these growing programs is an investment in the future of our local workforce,” said SCVTS Superintendent John Swain. “Training and retraining workers will prepare them for high-quality offshore wind career opportunities that will support our families and communities well into the future.”

“This agreement will provide high school students and adult learners with the opportunity to learn the specialized skills needed for jobs in the offshore wind large-scale steel component manufacturing sector,” said Jen Becker, Director General of Wind Institute Development. “We are really excited to launch these programs in the coming months.”

This agreement uses funding from a memorandum of understanding between NJEDA and the NJ Board of Public Utilities to support offshore wind training and research initiatives.

About NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is the state’s primary agency responsible for stimulating economic growth. NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and vibrant communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and pave the way for a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the state and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

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