Through policy, oversight, and planning The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board ensures that workforce training and education are responsive to and meet the needs of employers and job seekers.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 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 Services Center at 27 Warren St. in Somerville is open to in-person service; appointments are encouraged but customers who walk in will be accommodated as staffing levels permit. Appointment-only services are available throughout the week at the Training Center at 6 Gauntt Place in Flemington. As they have been since the onset of the pandemic, Greater Raritan Training Center staff continue to assist customers over the phone, via email and through virtual appointments, and a virtual orientation session for new customers is conducted on Fridays. Virtual career-webinars also continue. Call 908-541-5780 or email email@example.com.
Staff members at the Greater Raritan One-Stop / Employment Services Center at 75 Veterans Memorial Drive in Somerville are available for in-person and phone appointments for residents seeking career-related services. Walk-ins to the facility cannot be accommodated but they will be able to make an appointment for a future meeting. To schedule an appointment with Employment Services, call 908-704-3000. 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.
Learn more about Greater Raritan services
The Greater Raritan One-Stop Training Services Center team also has launched a fun and informative series of videos called P.E.P. (Preparing for Employment Possibilities) Talks. Watch:
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 has launched 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 — this program brochure illustrates how a participant progresses through the YES program.
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 recently launched 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. Starting March 28, residents also will be able to have in-person appointments at 12 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 will be contacted by NJDOL representatives with their appointment location, date and time.
Customers who need to file new Unemployment Insurance claims, update existing claims or have questions about their claims should go to https://myunemployment.nj.gov. 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. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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.