Preview NJTV’s broadcast of our Town Hall: “Re-Skilling the Mid-Career Workforce”

What are the solutions working to end long-term unemployment in New Jersey? Find out during the broadcast of our Town Hall on NJTV on Dec. 27 at 8 p.m.

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WorkingNation presents a must-see television event for every current or potential mid-career job-seeker in the state of New Jersey.

NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, will air the recent Town Hall held at Rutgers University detailing the challenges that individuals ages 45 and older face when re-entering the workforce. These workers must overcome stereotypes about age and long-term unemployment gaps as well as adapt to the changing demands of the labor market.

The event, titled “Re-Skilling the Mid-Career Workforce,” shed light on the fact that the future of work and employment is changing faster than we ever could have predicted and that most American workers will need to actively re-skill themselves for the jobs of the future or risk becoming obsolete in the modern workforce.

The topics and solutions discussed are pivotal information for nearly all members of the New Jersey workforce.

The event — organized by WorkingNation in partnership with the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University — will air across New Jersey on NJTV on Wed., Dec. 27 at 8 p.m.

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The 60-minute special is moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor Hari Sreenivasan and features a panel discussion with some of the state’s most esteemed experts in economic and workforce development. The panel includes Carl Van Horn, director of the Heldrich Center and distinguished professor of public policy at Rutgers University; Maria Heidkamp, director of the Heldrich Center’s New Start Career Network; Jane Oates, WorkingNation executive committee member and former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor; Kimberly McLain, CEO of the Newark Alliance; Amanda Mullan, senior vice president and chief human resources officer of New Jersey Resources Corporation; and John Colborn, CEO of JEVS Human Services.

“Never before have we faced the possibility that nearly every worker over age 45 may require re-skilling,” said WorkingNation founder and CEO Art Bilger. “This event proved to be an incredible way to share insights on how to address the issue and begin to connect the dots for companies, workers, other organizations, and communities seeking solutions.”

“We are seeing that thousands of job-seekers ages 45 and older — even those who are highly educated — are struggling to reconnect to jobs,” said Van Horn. “Through an incredible exchange of ideas and meaningful, impactful dialogue, this Town Hall raises awareness of the challenges they face and identifies strategies to help.”

The Town Hall was held in front of a live audience at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater in New Brunswick, NJ, in August.

*****Watch NJTV on Wed., December 27 at 8 p.m. for the broadcast of “Re-Skilling the Mid-Career Workforce.” To view NJTV’s schedule: click here.*****

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