NJBiz reports:

Last week, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice unveiled a series of recommendations on how the state can bolster its apprenticeship programs and spur recruitment of women and people of color.

The report suggested a statewide plan to diversify the demographic makeup of apprentices, tax credits for the establishment of new apprenticeship programs, apprentice wage reimbursement for businesses and state-subsidized tuition waivers for state residents.

The report also suggested the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Talent Networks fund three new adult apprenticeship programs in various parts of the state, with a focus on high-growth industries such as pharmaceuticals, life sciences, transportation, finance, advanced manufacturing, health care and energy.

“Apprenticeships are a core part of our strategy to make New Jersey stronger and fairer,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo.