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GRWDB RELEASES ONE-STOP OPERATOR SERVICES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS REBID
The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) serving Hunterdon and Somerset counties is soliciting proposals through the competitive contracting process in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:11-4.1, et seq., for One-Stop Operator services.
The One-Stop Operator will coordinate the service delivery of the required One-Stop partners and service providers and will be responsible for reporting to the GRWDB. The Request for Proposals is for the time period of August 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025, with the option to extend the contract on an annual basis for up to two years. Funding is dependent upon receipt of funds from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. There is no guarantee of funds or of contract extensions.
Sealed Request for Proposal (RFP) responses will be received on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at 12:00 PM by the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board, c/o Paul Grzella, 27 Warren St., Somerville, N.J., at which time and place responses will be opened for:
Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board
Competitive Contract for One-Stop Operator Services Rebid
Greater Raritan Local Area Program Year 2023
Specifications and instructions may be obtained via a link on the home page of the GRWDB web site, https://www.thegrwdb.org or by clicking here or by going to the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board office at 27 Warren St., third floor, Somerville, NJ 08876. RFP Addenda will be issued on the website. All interested respondents should check the website from now through RFP opening. It is the sole responsibility of the respondent to be knowledgeable of all addenda related to this procurement.
More information about the GRWDB, its mission and its vision for services in the two counties is available in the draft of the 2023-2026 Local Plan, also available on the About: Mission, Vision and Strategic Policies page of the GRWDB website or by clicking here.
About the Greater Workforce Development Board (GRWDB)
The GRWDB oversees $4 million annually in federal-, state- and county-funded career and employment services for businesses and residents in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. More information about the GRWDB can be found at www.thegrwdb.org. Weekly text alerts highlight career and job opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Text “onestop” to 565-12 to sign up.
GREATER RARITAN JOB FAIR AT HINDU TEMPLE IN BRIDGEWATER DRAWS 300-PLUS JOB SEEKERS
BRIDGEWATER, NJ – More than 300 job seekers got information on more than 500 job openings available from nearly 70 employers from Hunterdon and Somerset Counties during the 2023 Greater Raritan Job Fair.
The four-hour job fair took place on Tuesday, May 16, at the Hindu Temple and Cultural Society on Route 202-206 in Bridgewater. This was the second consecutive year the Temple and the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) collaborated on the regional event.
“The energy at the event was high, with employers walking away with fistfuls of resumes from job seekers eager to learn about the many immediate openings around the area,” said Paul Grzella, GRWDB Director. “The Temple is a great partner, and everyone from there who volunteered to support this Job Fair worked to ensure that this was a seamless event for all in attendance.”
Local businesses and nonprofit agencies offered hundreds of full-time and part-time jobs as well as some internships that ranged from entry-level to C-suite. Participating employers represented a variety of industry sectors, including animal welfare, banking, childcare and education, finance, government (state and county), healthcare, health and wellness, insurance, leisure and hospitality, life sciences, manufacturing, personal and family services, retail trade, sports, transportation and logistics, technology and veterinary care.
More than 70 employers in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, as well as employers from some surrounding counties, took part in the event. For those who couldn’t attend, the list of employer participants with available job titles can be viewed here.
The event also was supported by Somerset County and Bridgewater Township which provided tables for employer participants and signage to promote the Job Fair.
On Tuesday, job seekers started by registering with representatives of the GRWDB and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, which also helped organize the event. The registration area also was a resource point with information on a variety of career-related programs and services offered by the GRWDB and its partners.
The GRWDB oversees federally and state-funded career and employment services for businesses and residents in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. More information about these programs can be found on www.thgrwdb.org, including stories on different initiatives, a Resource tab for job seekers, and a constantly updated calendar of events.
Weekly text alerts highlight career and job opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Text “onestop” to 565-12 to sign up. For more information, email email@example.com or call 908-541-5790.
SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR YOUTH EXTENDED TO MAY 15
A summer employment program for youth in Hunterdon and Somerset counties is looking for interested candidates to fill 80 summer jobs in the two counties. The youth participant’s stipend will be $15.00 an hour for 25 hours per week for an eight-week internship/work experience. That means each program participant will earn $3,000.
The program, hosted by the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB), will run from June 5 to Oct. 30. Youth participants must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and can be in school or out of school. Each participant will work 25 hours per week over any eight-week period. Of that weekly total 21 hours will be with the employer; the other four hours per week will be spent on specially designed career readiness training using the SkillUp Greater Raritan online learning portal. This training is overseen by GRWDB staff.
Eligible youth interested in taking part in the program may obtain an application by visiting the home page of www.thegrwdb.org or by using this link. The application deadline has been extended to Monday, May 15.
Among the employer participants from Hunterdon and Somerset Counties in this year’s program are county and municipal governmental offices, including finance, economic development and engineering departments, nonprofit administration, facilities maintenance, local animal shelters, a private salon, retail businesses and more. In all, 38 different employers applied to be part of the 2023 program.
“We know this program offers a valuable introduction to career pathways and good work habits. It also can lead to other opportunities. Five participants last year continued to work with their employer after the summer ended,” said Jeanne Cassano, the GRWDB’s job developer and coordinator for the GRWDB Summer Youth Employment Program.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) is sponsoring a Summer Youth Employment Program with funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor. In 2022, 56 youth worked for 24 different employers. Based on that success, the GRWDB received a state grant of $193,500 for 60 positions; using American Rescue Plan funding, Somerset County allocated funding for an additional 20 positions.
Anyone with questions can contact Cassano at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-541-5785.
The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB)
The GRWDB oversees federally and state-funded career and employment services for businesses and residents in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Weekly text alerts highlight career and job opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Text “onestop” to 565-12 to sign up.
WORKFORCE BOARD EXPANDS PAID TRAINING SERVICES FOR EMPLOYERS IN HUNTERDON AND SOMERSET COUNTIES
Employers in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties are invited to take part in a new employment-development program using the SkillUp Greater Raritan Metrix Learning® platform, a free online learning-management system.
SkillUp Greater Raritan features more than 7,000 learning courses, which can be done individually or with cohorts. The $199 per person cost of the employee training program will be covered by Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) grant dollars.
Employers can choose a preset learning path, or they can customize the employee learning system to fit their needs. Metrix Learning® personnel will collaborate with employers to create a program that fits their learning needs. This easy online learning-management system will also keep track of employees’ course progress, course completion, and hours of training.
SkillUp Greater Raritan can be used for the following:
- New Hires – Onboarding standards
- Career Ascendancy – Identify skills for promotion
- Managers/Supervisors – Skill development for managers, new and old
- Technology Training – Ensure staff are familiar with current best practices.
On April 14, representatives from 14 public and private businesses in the two counties took part in an introductory webinar about the program. The program recording can be found here.
For details or to get started with this program immediately, email email@example.com or call 908-541-5790.
Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) and SkillUp
The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board oversees federally and state-funded career and employment services for businesses and residents in Hunterdon and Somerset counties.
The GRWDB introduced SkillUp Greater Raritan to its menu of services in February of 2020. Over the past three years, more than 3,400 job seekers in the two counties have used the platform to develop their workplace, digital and interpersonal skills. Individuals who sign up get a free six-month, 24/7 account to use to reach their career goals. This initiative aims to broaden how SkillUp is used in the two counties.
AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN-FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS HELPING RVCC STUDENTS
A new Raritan Valley Community College Career Scholarship program is helping students begin their career path through training that is supported by the Hunterdon and Somerset Boards of County Commissioners and funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
A portion of funds received from the ARPA, was allocated to need-based career scholarships for training programs in high-demand industries offered at the Branchburg-based Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). The scholarships were made possible through recommendations and collaboration between the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) and the Hunterdon and Somerset County Boards of Commissioners.
The career-training scholarship program began with a request for funding from the GRWDB. As a result of the request, the Boards of Commissioners allocated a total of $50,000 to the RVCC Career Scholarship grant program. Somerset County students received $38,000, and Hunterdon County students obtained $12,000 in grant money. The funding can be used until the end of 2023.
“Hunterdon County’s partnership with RVCC and the GRWDB is truly paying dividends for students in Hunterdon County,” said Hunterdon County Commissioner Jeff Kuhl, liaison to the GRWDB. “I, along with my colleagues on the board are excited to be able to offer scholarship opportunities to talented students enrolled within in-demand career training programs at Raritan Valley Community College.”
Eleven Somerset County residents and three Hunterdon County residents have been accepted into the scholarship program so far. Fourteen students completed the college’s training for phlebotomy and electrocardiogram (ECG) technicians, both of which are entry points into well-paying healthcare careers. The scholarships pay for the program training costs as well as for related book and exam fees, and as-needed background and liability insurance.
“The scholarships allow breathing room for students who may otherwise be faced with the choice of paying for education or paying for rent or healthcare,” said Joanna Hala, GRWDB board chair. “This effort aligns with the work of the United Way of Northern New Jersey to educate people about our ALICE population – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.”
“Somerset County is committed to providing the education and training our younger residents need to take advantage of the in-demand, good-paying jobs of the future,” said Somerset County Commissioner Deputy Director Doug Singleterry, liaison to the GRWDB. “These eleven Raritan Valley Community College scholarship students are the tip of the iceberg, and I look forward to providing more opportunities for more students in 2023.”
The first cohort of scholarship recipients came from seven Somerset County communities – Basking Ridge, Branchburg, Bridgewater, North Plainfield, Raritan Borough, Somerset and Warren – and three Hunterdon County communities – Annandale, Lebanon and Milford. Recipients ranged in age and life experiences, with some employed, others seeking employment, and some are new Americans. All recipients were excited to venture into a new career.
“The scholarship makes such a huge difference in allowing me to continue my studies and pursue better opportunities,” said Kevin Parsi, a Warren resident who completed his ECG course. “I was recently accepted into the nursing program at RVCC, and this scholarship goes a long way in allowing me to fund my studies as well as living expenses as I continue through this journey.”
Another student reported that after completing the course, he was hired as a full-time Phlebotomist/Lab Assistant at one hospital and as a per diem ED Technician at another hospital.
Approximately $21,235 of the funds have been used for training and related costs for the first group of scholarship recipients. There is a total of $28,765.25 in funds remaining for eligible applicants who are interested in in-demand training programs at RVCC.
To view Career Training opportunities at Raritan Valley Community College, visit https://www.raritanval.edu/career-training.
To learn more about the RVCC Career Scholarship grant program, email Maryam Sheikh at the Workforce Training Center of RVCC at Maryam.Sheikh@raritanval.edu.
More information about the GRWDB, its program partners and area workforce system services can be found at www.thegrwdb.org.
Weekly text alerts highlight career and job opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Text “onestop” to 565-12 to sign up.
The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB)
The GRWDB oversees $4 million annually in federal-, state- and county-funded career and employment services for businesses and residents in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. In recent years, it has expanded its footprint of services and programs, to ensure that it is connecting job seekers to career-development pathway opportunities around the region.
WALK-IN SERVICE AVAILABLE FOR JOB SEEKERS IN HUNTERDON, SOMERSET COUNTIES
Walk-in, appointment, virtual and phone services are available to career seekers in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties through the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center offices in Somerville and Flemington.
- The Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center offices are Employment Services and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) at 75 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Somerville are open for walk-in services 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding state holidays. For information on Employment Services, call 908-704-3000. For information on DVRS, call 904-704-3030.
- The Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Training Center on the second floor of 27 Warren St. in Somerville is open for walk-in services from 8:30 a.m.to 7 p.m. Monday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, excluding county holidays. Call 908-541-5780; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more during monthly Career Cafe meetings being conducted from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 19, and Friday, June 30.
- The Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center at 6 Gauntt Place in Flemington is open for walk-in services 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, and by appointment only on Thursday and Friday, as well as phone and virtual services, excluding county holidays. Call 908-237-0016; email email@example.com. Learn more during an Open House being conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 23.
While walk-in service is available at all these offices, appointments are encouraged to ensure staff will be available as needed by career seekers looking for assistance with job search, resume assistance, training assistance and general career questions. These offices also have public-use computers available for career-related work.
Staff members of the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) are available for walk-in and appointment service from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the third floor of 27 Warren St. in Somerville. Call 908-541-5790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on general system services, visit the home page of www.thegrwdb.org.
Unemployment assistance is not available at any Greater Raritan location. Those with unemployment questions may call 732-761-2020 or visit https://myunemployment.nj.gov to explore additional resources or make an appointment for in-person assistance at one of 13 locations around the state.
The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board oversees federally and state-funded career and employment services for businesses and residents in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Weekly text alerts highlight career and job opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Text “onestop” to 565-12 to sign up.
CAREER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN HUNTERDON AND SOMERSET COUNTIES
For individuals and their families dealing with substance abuse issues, securing and staying in jobs is crucial for maintaining recovery and sustaining lives.
The Greater Raritan Pathways to Recovery program for residents of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties supports this goal by assisting people impacted by the ongoing opioid epidemic with free training opportunities, career-readiness programming, supportive services and employment. People participating in the program can be either directly or indirectly impacted by the opioid epidemic – meaning those who are in recovery as well as family members and friends who have assisted those with addictions. (Go here for the Spanish-language version of the program flyer.)
Watch this video to learn more about the Greater Raritan program.
The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) successfully applied for a competitive New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) to launch the Pathways to Recovery program in both counties in the beginning of 2022. The program grant has been extended, and the program staff members are working to serve up to 100 residents through June of 2023.
New Jersey introduced Pathways to Recovery in select counties in 2019 and introduced it to the state’s remaining counties in the fall of 2022. The program is a response to the increased number of overdose deaths, treatment demands and administration of Naloxone throughout the state.
The Suspected Drug Related Deaths 2021 report by the New Jersey Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner found 19 deaths in Hunterdon County and 17 deaths in Somerset County – a year-over decline of about 21 percent. Statewide, there were 3,124 suspected deaths. In that same timeframe, there were 57 incidents of the administration of Naloxone in Hunterdon County and 196 in Somerset County – a 20 percent year-over-year decline but on par with 2019’s figures.
The 2021 data from the New Jersey Substance Abuse Monitoring System (NJ-SAMS) tells a similarly disturbing story. In 2021, 409 Hunterdon County residents were admitted for substance abuse treatment; 61.4 percent were unemployed or not in the labor force. In Somerset County, the data shows that of the 973 individuals who were admitted for substance abuse treatment 59.1 percent were unemployed or not in the labor force.
Nakeyda Wheeler, the GRWDB’s Pathways to Recovery representative, works with residents of both counties who are interested in being part of the program. The Roselle-based Prevention Links, the program’s vendor, is also connecting people to services and providing some parts of the program. In addition, Wheeler is collaborating with a variety of community organizations as well as county agencies that may interact with this population to build awareness about the services offered through the grant.
“My goal is to work with multiple stakeholders in both counties to strengthen collaboration among our programs and expand the network of services available to our residents,” Wheeler said. “I want to help people get good-paying jobs and enable them to maintain their recovery and improve their lives. Pathways to Recovery has been set up to have wide eligibility, so that we can assist as many people as possible.”
Residents interested in training can either work with Prevention Links to take part in a Peer Recovery Specialist certificate and internship program or participate in an in-demand training offered through the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Training Services Center. Wheeler and the Training Center staff also can connect program participants to immediate employment opportunities. In addition, Prevention Links provides participants with career readiness programming and supportive services for all Pathways to Recovery participants.
To learn more or to have a presentation about the program for your agency, business or community group, contact Nakeyda Wheeler at 908-203-6047, 908-530-9030 or email@example.com. For information on Prevention Link Pathways to Recovery-related services, call 732-381-4100.
The GRWDB oversees federally and state-funded career and employment services for businesses and residents in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Weekly text alerts highlight career and job opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Text “onestop” to 565-12 to sign up.
FREE LITERACY PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN HUNTERDON AND SOMERSET COUNTIES
Free adult literacy programs for English language learners of different levels are available to residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties.
The program providers, Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission (HCECS), are part of the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board’s Literacy Committee, which seeks to share information about and expand the effectiveness of the free literacy programs in the two counties.
Programs are funded by a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act federal grant that provides assistance to adults in gaining the necessary literacy and English skills to participate in workforce training programs and employment.
Raritan Valley Community College
RVCC offers free literacy and English language skills to help individuals prepare for employment in the in-demand food service industry.
Classes in the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Program focus on skills such as listening, speaking and writing. Class participants who complete the literacy program and complete 10 hours of training in the areas of appreciation, prevention, avoidance and reduction of health hazards and safety in the workplace are eligible to receive either the ServSafe Food Handler or OSHA 10 certification. These certifications are required by the majority of entry-level restaurant or food service jobs.
Classes meet remotely and in person are typically 15 to 17 people. They usually meet twice a week and run for two and a half hours. For more information on the classes, visit https://www.raritanval.edu/literacy. Interested residents can email Bonnie.Scharf@raritanval.edu or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8686, to schedule a placement testing session.
Hunterdon County Education Services Commission
High school equivalency, basic computer skills and English Language Acquisition classes are offered by the HCESC at several in-person locations in the two counties. Eleven classes run two days per week at various times at the following locations:
- In Bound Brook, evenings at the Bound Brook Library;
- In Flemington, mornings and evenings at the Flemington Adult Literacy Center on Bartles Corner Road
- In the Somerset section of Franklin, evenings at Franklin Middle School, and evenings at the Christian Center of Somerset (including a hybrid option)
- In Somerville, mornings at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
For more details, visit www.hunterdonesc.org and click on the links for Adult Programs / English Classes or High School Equivalency. For details about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 908-237-5000, ext. 11, in Hunterdon County or 908-541-5781 in Somerset County.
HSESC Workforce Learning Link
The HCESC also operates two Workforce Learning Link sites offering adult literacy programs. These programs, offered through the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center and funded by the GRWDB, have virtual and in-person components. Visit www.hunterdonesc.org and click on the Adult Programs/Workforce Learning Link.
Other literacy programs
Volunteers at Hunterdon Helpline provide free literacy services through custom, one-on-one, barrier-free individualized instruction, for low to high English language levels. Email email@example.com or call 908-782-4357 or visit www.helplinehc.org.
Volunteers at the Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County provide free English Language Acquisition through one-on-one tutoring in which the student and tutor pick the time and place, which can be in-person or through Zoom. High beginner through low advanced levels are accommodated, with the number of “seats” determined by the number of tutors. In addition, the Literacy Volunteers also offer Intermediate Conversation Groups on Zoom and in person at the Manville, Bound Brook and Hillsborough libraries; these are drop-in group, with no seating limits. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 908-725-5430, or visit LiteracySomerset.org. The site also provides details on the LVSC’s year-long Cultural Connections initiative in which tutors and students explored culture and how it affects communication.
Individuals also may contact either organization to learn about how to become a program tutor.
The Hunterdon County Library offers weekly online English Conversation Groups. These are low to high levels and there is no seat limit. Email email@example.com or call 908-713-7005.
Zarephath Christian Church in the Franklin, Somerset County, offers English-language classes, group conversations and accent reduction. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-560-4001.
Weekly text updates highlight career and job opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Text “onestop” to 565-12 to sign up. Additional information on career-development programs offered by the partners of the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board can be found on www.thegrwdb.org.
OCTOBER COHORT TRAINING FOR GRWDB BADGE PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR EMPLOYERS
SkillUp Greater Raritan, a free online learning portal for residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties, has had more than 2,600 individuals sign up and complete courses since the program was introduced in the area in February 2020.
Among the program’s features is an exclusive Badge credentialing program, introduced earlier this year, that can be used by job seekers and employers in the two counties. Following two successful training cohorts conducted this spring and summer, a new cohort employers can be a part of will launch in mid-October.
In the badge program, 15- to 20-hour, self-paced classes utilize a combination of careers-related gaming classes and SkillUp’s existing online classes to provide focused training in two areas: Job Readiness and New Manager. The Badge pathways allow participants to master skills needed to have competency when they are start or return to work or when they are in new management roles.
The training cohort scheduled to launch on Oct. 17 will focus on the New Manager pathway. New Manager skills include time management, communication, being a first-time manager, leadership, delegation, diplomacy and tact, running meetings, and emotional intelligence. The content was developed by Metrix Learning, the provider of the Skillup Greater Raritan platform. Employers in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties can enroll individual workers or a group of employees for the program, which can be completed by the participants in a two-month period.
One Somerset County-based employer has already committed to enrolling five workers in the fall cohort training program. Employers can enroll individual workers or a group of employees for the cohort training. Employers in either county interested in joining the fall program can register and get more information, including details on the program’s nominal price structure for employers, by contacting Kerry Twomey at Kerry.Twomey@metrixlearning.com.
Employers can also talk with Twomey about the Job Readiness Badge, which includes courses in teamwork, communication, workplace skills, administrative support, listening, telephone skills, emotional intelligence and basic budgeting.
The Badge programs are a program expansion of SkillUp Greater Raritan, introduced in February 2020. The 6,000-plus SkillUp training opportunities are designed to help program participants who are working or looking for employment the opportunity to sharpen their skills and improve their career pathways. The courses are available for free to individuals who live or work in Hunterdon and Somerset counties and can be accessed from a laptop or mobile device during a 180-day, 24/7 license period. Individuals interested in taking part can sign up any time by going to the SkillUp link on the Resources tab of the www.thegrwdb.org. A webinar introducing new users to SkillUp is conducted at 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. Go here or to the calendar of the website.
Over the past two years, more than 2,800 SkillUp Greater Raritan participants have spent 9,500plus hours in course work and completed more than 6,200 courses. The pilot for the cohort Badge training program conducted this spring involved more than 30 individuals who studied both badge pathways. This summer, more than 60 participants in the Greater Raritan Summer Youth Employment Program took part in the Job Readiness badge program as part of this job and career-readiness training initiative.
“We know that employers are juggling many priorities right now, including attracting and retaining employees,” said Joanne Hala, board chair of the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board. “The badge program is one example of the many workforce-related services available to businesses in Hunterdon and Somerset counties.
The Greater Raritan workforce system connects job seekers and employers in Hunterdon and Somerset counties to programs, grant opportunities and other services designed to create and sustain career pathways and robust economic opportunities.
Additional information on career-development in-person and virtual programs and services offered by the GRWDB and its partners can be found on www.thegrwdb.org. For more information on the SkillUp Badges or other career services, email email@example.com call 908-541-5790. In addition, weekly text alerts update highlight career and job opportunities in the two counties; text “onestop” to 565-12 to sign up.
OUR MISSION AND THE SERVICES OF GREATER RARITAN'S SYSTEM PARTNERS
Through policy, oversight, and planning The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) ensures that workforce training and education are responsive to and meet the needs of employers and job seekers.
Over the past two years, your local workforce system, serving Hunterdon and Somerset counties, has continued to evolve how it provides services and reaches out to the community about those services. The GRWDB is part of statewide workforce system that connects employers and residents to a range of in-person and virtual career-related services, including the tens of thousands of open positions available in New Jersey.
Working with the Somerset County Public Information Office, system partners collaborated on videos to explain our mission, vision and services for employers and job seekers in these ever-changing times.
Go here to hear about our services for employers. Employers also can go to the resources/employers tab on our website for more links and information.
Go here to hear about our services for job seekers. Job seekers also can go to the resources / job seekers tab on our website for more links and information.
Go here to hear about the Youth Employment Services (YES) Program.
The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board and its partners offer a variety of free programs and resources to assist job seekers. This includes assistance with job search, resume reviews, career counseling, career-related webinars and workshops, information on training grants for unemployed and underemployed individuals, and connection to career services for low-income residents. Additional free resources available in Hunterdon and Somerset counties are the Greater Raritan Resume Portal, SkillUp Greater Raritan, and a local literacy connection guide. Local partners also offer free literacy classes throughout the year, and state partners regularly host Virtual Information Sessions for companies hiring in the two counties.
More information on GRWDB and system partners programs is available on the Events/Calendar tab of www.thegrwdb.org/.
Service models offered by Greater Raritan One-Stop partners reflect what is happening and is wanted by customers today, with hybrid models offering appointment in-person services along with the virtual suite of services developed by partners since the pandemic began.
- The Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Training Service Center at 27 Warren St., second floor, in Somerville is open for walk-in career-related services 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. Call 908-541-5780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Walk-in career-related services are available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Wednesday at the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center at 6 Gauntt Place in Flemington. Appointment-only services are available Thursday and Friday. Call 908-237-0016 or email email@example.com.
- Staff members at the Greater Raritan One-Stop / Employment Services Center and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) at 75 Veterans Memorial Drive in Somerville are available for walk-in service as well as in-person and phone appointments seeking career-related services. Offices are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding state holidays. To schedule an appointment with Employment Services in Somerville, call 908-704-3000; in Flemington, call 908-782-2371. Contact DVRS at 908-704-3030. Residents also can fill out this virtual form to detail what help they need; the completed form will be directed to local officials for direct response.
While walk-ins are welcomed at the offices, appointments are encouraged to ensure staff availability. Staff in all offices also assist customers over the phone, via email and through virtual appointments, and a virtual orientation session for new customers is conducted on Friday mornings by Training Center staff. Virtual career-webinars also continue, as do virtual and in-person job fairs.
Learn more about Greater Raritan services
The Greater Raritan One-Stop Training Services Center team also has posted a fun and informative series of videos called P.E.P. (Preparing for Employment Possibilities) Talks. Watch:
- Meet the Team
- What Does Your E-Mail Address Say About You
- Sending Professional E-mails
- Online Resources
- Foundations of Resumes
- ITAs and Tuition Waivers
- Phone Etiquette
- Interview Questions
- Tour of the Flemington One-Stop
- Tour of the Somerville One-Stop
- Social Media and Your Job Search
- Cover Letters
- Interview Questions
System services assist a variety of populations and residents. These includes programs for residents of either county receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, General Assistance or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. As part of this program effort, the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board offers a Chromebook Loaner Program for eligible participants. Partner services also include the Workforce Learning Link to assist with basic literacy and computer skills and high school diploma equivalency work — this brochure provides more details, in English and Spanish. Another targeted service is the Youth Employment Services Program (YES Program), for out-of-school youth, ages 16 to 24, in Hunterdon and Somerset counties — learn more by reading this program brochure, in English and Spanish.
Learn more about New Jersey services
Career services for job seekers also are highlighted on the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s website. The site also includes a section of Worker Benefits, Protections and COVID19; this handy checklist can help as well.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development also offers Job Source, offering a variety of tools designed to help fuel a successful job search experience. Users can create a free account and get tips and templates for job search, resume writing, cover letters and many other free services.
Please note: The majority of unemployment-related services are being done online or through a call centers. Residents also can schedule in-person appointments at 13 designated One-Stop Career Center locations throughout New Jersey. (Greater Raritan is NOT among those locations.) Appointments and pre-screening are required; no walk-ins will be served.
Customers who need to file new Unemployment Insurance claims, update existing claims, have questions about their claims or want to make an make an in-person appointment may go to https://myunemployment.nj.gov; click on “Check claim status” and then “Schedule Appointments Online,” following the page prompts. Customers unable to access the Internet should call the following numbers: North Jersey, 201-601-4100; Central Jersey, 732-761-2020; Southern Jersey: 856-507-2340.
There are also numerous state and community programs and resources available to those who need additional support. For information on assistance in the areas of family, food, child care, health, substance use disorder, rent, housing, utilities, and specialized services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and survivors of domestic or sexual violence, please visit myunemployment.nj.gov/morehelp.
Weekly text alerts highlighting career and job opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties are available by texting “onestop” to 565-12. Contact the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-541-5790.
For more information about services for employers, go to the GRWDB website here. For more information about services for job seekers, go here.
NJEDA Small Business Grant – Application WorkshopJune 5 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Job Readiness Computer Skills at Norwescap in FlemingtonJune 6 @ 8:45 am - 1:00 pm
IN THE COMMUNITY
Regional Job Fair 2022
More than 500 job seekers from around Somerset and Hunterdon Counties and beyond attended the 2022 Greater Raritan Job Fair, hosted at the Hindu Temple and Cultural Society on Route 202-206 in Bridgewater. The nearly 100 participating employers had multiple positions to fill, and job offers were extended as a result of the event. Individual […]
Life After High School Event
More than 40 local employers and agencies took part in the Life After High School event conducted in April at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg. The event gave soon-to-be and recent high school graduates and other young adults the opportunity to become familiar with the many different career-pathway possibilities in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties.
Planning for 2023 And Beyond
Some 50 community members representing different stakeholders in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties participated in a Dec. 6 Local Plan discussion hosted by the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board. Individuals took part virtually as well as in person in Somerville. Work on the four-year Local Plan will continue throughout the first quarter of 2023; the plan […]
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