Middle Skills

Middle Skills


NJCU Middle-Skill Programs - NJCU offers a variety of workforce development programs in Allied Healthcare, Business, Hospitality, Information Technology Logistics, Maritime, and Media aimed at helping residents from Jersey City and surrounding areas develop critical middle skills. REQUEST FOR MORE INFORMATION

53% of NJ Jobs are Middle-Skill Based - Strengthening connections to middle-skill opportunities for Jersey City residents remains vital to the city’s continued economic growth. Overall, 53 percent of jobs in NJ are classified as middle-skill. As Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association said in a May 11, 2018 speech “Given there are 44,000 vacant positions for middle- level-skill jobs in the state, an honest discussion needs to take place regarding training for the skillsets necessary for 

New Jersey's Forgotten Middle, Middle Wage Workers Chart
the in-demand jobs currently available. We need to bring visibility to guidance counselors, parents and students about the fact that careers in middle-level-skill jobs are sustainable over time, and provide great wages to live and work in the state of New Jersey.”

NJ Lags in Training - A July 2017 McKinsey report noted “New Jersey lags other states in support for middle-skill workers such as integrated education and training programs and stackable credentials that employees can build up over time. New Jersey also lacks a comprehensive program to coordinate efforts to train and employ middle-skill workers.”

Three Types of Middle-Skill Jobs - The Jobs for the Future report, issued by Burning Glass Technologies and Lumina Foundation in June 2018, examined nearly 4 million resumes of middle-skill workers and concluded there are three types of middle-skill jobs:

  • Lifetime jobs – These are careers in themselves, pay well and offer long-term stability. Examples include:
    • Dental Hygienists
    • Radiologic Technologists
    • Respiratory Therapists
    • Machinists
    • Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers
  • Springboard jobs – These jobs offer career advancement. Workers in these jobs often progress within the same field to occupations with higher pay. Examples include:
    • Bookkeeping and Accounting
    • Executive Administrative Assistants
    • Human Resource Specialists
    • Computer User Support
    • Computer Network Support
  • Static jobs – These roles offer lower pay compared to other middle-skill jobs and have low potential for advancement. Additional training is often required to move into an employment position that offers a higher salary. Examples include:
    • Home Health Aide
    • Medical Assistant
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Machine Tool Cutting Setters
    • Inspectors

NJCU's Workforce Development Center - To address the need for middle skill training within the TLD (Transportation, Logistics and Distribution) sector, one of New Jersey’s key industry sectors, NJCU launched a Logistics Center in 2015 through a partnership with JPMorganChase, the Walmart Foundation, and the Office of the Mayor of Jersey City. The mission of the Logistics Center is to increase the number of residents with an industry valued credential and degree within the TLD sector. The Center utilizes an employer-driven model to develop curriculum that satisfy the talent needs of targeted employers. Annually, NJCU trains over 150 people with a 70 percent employment placement rate. NJCU actively recruits veterans, women and certain re-entry populations. This level of performance was recognized by NJ’s Department of Labor by designating NJCU’s Logistic Center as a “NJ Center of Excellence.”

Housed within the Logistics Center are two other community training partners; NPower and Educate the Block (ETB). NPower specializes in technology training and ETB in hospitality and media production. Together they impact an additional 260 community members a year. Moreover, in April 2018 NJCU added a maritime middle skill program in collaboration with the International Longshoreman’s Association.

For more information about middle skills training programs at NJCU, please use the following contact information:

Workforce Development Programs at NJCU
285 West Side Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Phone: 201-200-2128
Fax: 201-200-2908
Email: logisticscenter@njcu.edu

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