Getting mid-career workers back into the workforce is the topic of tomorrow’s WorkingNation and Heldrich Center for the Workforce at Rutgers University Town Hall event at the Mastrobuono Theater in New Brunswick.
To get the word out to New Jersey residents, Heldrich Center senior researcher and director of the New Start Career Network Maria Heidkamp was interviewed by New Jersey 101.5 FM WXKW on Sunday.
Long-term unemployment has taken hold in the Garden State and 32 percent of its unemployed have been out of work for longer than six months, WXKW reports.
Heidkamp told WXKW that the half of New Jersey’s unemployed are over the age of 45. Connecting these workers with training programs and career coaching is part of the mission of Heidkamp’s New Start Career Network. The success of this program is one of the many solutions which will be talked during our 4 p.m. panel, moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor Hari Sreenivasan.
“We just know there are a lot of people who are either working or looking for work right now, who are just going to have to acquire some new skills and adapt to changes,” Heidkamp said.
Heidkamp will speak as part of tomorrow’s panel. She will be joined by the following panelists who also are scheduled to appear:
- Carl Van Horn, director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.
- 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.
- John Colborn, Chief Operating Officer of JEVS Human Services.
There is still time for you to join tomorrow’s audience. To register for this free event: click here.