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SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM LAUNCHING IN SOMERSET and HUNTERDON COUNTIES

A new summer employment program for youth in Hunterdon and Somerset counties is looking for interested employers to help provide paid internships for 40 young people in the two counties, as well as candidates to fill those positions.

The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) Summer Youth Employment Program is one of 10 summer youth programs to receive new funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor.

In mid-June, the GRWDB was notified that it received $105,600 in grant funding for the summer youth program, which includes stipends for 40 youth from the two counties to work over the course of an eight-week period between the end of July and Oct. 31. In the program, each participant, who must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and can be in school or out of school, will work 25 hours per week, including four hours per week doing different work-readiness training.

The original mission of the state’s summer youth employment program was to supply participants with on-site work experience supplemented by the workforce development training.  With the uncertainty of COVID-19, the state asked that the programs be built  as a work-remotely opportunity.

Now, for the GRWDB Summer Youth Employment Program, any employer in Hunterdon and Somerset counties with available remote part-time positions can apply to be part of the project. There can be some limited outdoor employment opportunities and on-site job offerings that abide by CDC guidelines, but these do not have to be included in an employer’s available internship. The weekly four hours of workforce readiness training will be provided virtually by Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board staff and system partners, and supplemented with hundreds of different online courses participants can take through the SkillUp Greater Raritan e-learning portal.

The internship opportunities for the 40 positions can be in any sector in the two counties, from office or web support to nonprofit work. Any and all remote positions are welcome for consideration in this new program.

The employer Request for Applications (RFAs) for the program, which includes the internship job description form, can be found on Somerset County’s Purchasing Division website, at https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/Home/ShowDocument?id=38218.

The deadline for applications is July 21.

As employer applications are coming in, the GRWDB also will be accepting separate applications from eligible in-school or out-of-school youth who must live in Hunterdon or Somerset counties, and be 16 to 24 years. There is state funding for positions for up to 40 youth – 10 from Hunterdon County and 30 from Somerset County – who will be matched the available positions.  To obtain internship application visit www.thegrwdb.org.

The deadline to return material is July 20.

Anyone with questions can contact GRWDB Job Developer Jeanne Cassano at jcassano@co.somerset.nj.us or call 908-541-5785.

OUR MISSION, AND THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

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. Your local workforce system will continue to update partners and the community as the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic evolves.

The state has launched a Cov-19 Information Hub page which has links to a vast amount of information and resources, including for businesses and community members. A COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal also is now open and will be updated regularly. Users can navigate the portal and filter by keyword and location, simply by using the question box at the top of the page as a search box. Type in a county name or a position and the jobs will be filtered. This functionality also works from the main Hub site.

In  the Greater Raritan area, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Training Service Centers at 6 Gauntt Place in Flemington and 27 Warren St. in Somerville are closed to in-person visits. Staff are continuing to assist customers over the phone, via email and through virtual appointments. Customers are asked to call 908-541-5780 or email onestop@co.somerset.nj.us for assistance.

In addition, the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center at 75 Veterans Memorial Drive in Somerville is not offering in-person service. For the health and safety of staff and customers, services will continue to be offered virtually or by telephone only. For information on career services, call 908-704-3000.

Unemployment claims

All unemployment-related services are being done online or through the call centers. Customers who need to file new Unemployment Insurance claims are asked to apply online at 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.

Additional personnel have been added to the call centers in an effort to expanded capacity.

Click here for additional filing instructions and links, and here is a related FAQ.

Here is a FAQ for the self-employed, and instructions on how to file.

The Department of Labor also created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact the Department of Labor directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications.

To submit a message, residents must go to www.myunemployment.nj.gov and follow these instructions: On the top navigation, scroll to the right for “Need Help” and unveil the drop down menu; Choose Send an Email; Choose Email: Submit a message through our new online form; and follow the prompts.

Other services

The New Jersey Department of Labor has transitioned other services, including Temporary Disability Insurance, Family Leave Insurance and Workers Compensation, to online and telephone platforms. Information on temporary disability and family leave is available at myleavebenefits.nj.gov.

This attachment posted by the state reviews different benefit scenarios for those impacted by COV-19. Here is the Spanish-language version.

Residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties are also invited to text “OneStop” to 56512 to receive updates on local area employment and training information.

Among the resources the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board offers is SkillUp Greater Raritan, a vast online learning portal available for free to all residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties. A link is also under the Resources tab of the website. This video provides an excellent introduction as well. Watch it and start learning from home.

Feeling anxious or afraid because of what is going on? New Jerseyans can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. NJ Mental Health Cares will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by live trained specialists.

On March 16, Gov. Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 103 which modifies some requirements for WorkFirst New Jersey (WFNJ) and the New Jersey Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP), in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

All applicants for WFNJ and NJ SNAP benefits are encouraged to file online at www.NJHelps.org. All WFNJ and NJ SNAP appointments are moving to telephone interviews, including eligibility and redetermination appointments, and child support interviews.

More details can be found here.

Information for businesses

For employers, the Business.NJ.gov team has created a page for Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses.

The NJDOL has compiled the following resource list to provide businesses with assistance on a variety of topics, including tax credits provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

For general questions, visit the Business Action Center Website and direct all questions to the chat function on the page.

To understand how to access FFCRA Business Tax Credits, please visit the Internal Revenue Service resources page.

For general questions, please visit the US Department of Labor’s FAQs.

For more information on which employers are covered under the law, please visit the US Department of Labor Employer Resource Guide.

For information on how these provisions apply New Jersey, please visit the NJ Labor Department.

Business owners with questions about accessing the reimbursement from the federal government should visit the New Jersey Business Action Center.

Business owners with questions about grants and loans should visit the NJ Economic Development Authority.

New Jersey workers with questions about eligibility for benefits should view these NJ-focused charts in English and Spanish or visit the US Department of Labor Employee Resource Guide.

More resources can be found on https://njbia.org/recovery/, a site of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. This includes a Back to Work Toolkit and more.

A Business Resource Page created by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Hunterdon Economic Development may be found here. Information from the Somerset County Business Partnership can be found here.

Hunterdon County Coronavirus updates are available on the county website here.

Somerset County Coronavirus updates are available on the county website here.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

IN THE COMMUNITY

Spreading the word in Frenchtown

Hunterdon County job seekers and employers met and mingled at the Frenchtown Borough Library for a One-Stop Career Day on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB), in partnership with the borough, offered residents the opportunity to meet with a job developer to learn about the many services available to job seekers […]

Census education and fun in Franklin

Somerset County and Census 2020 are partnering to present a series of family fun carnivals for different communities. The free events include food, games and activities for children, table displays from different county and community service-providers, and information about Census 2020, including job opportunities and why it’s important to complete the upcoming Census. WinterFest events […]

Learning about the US Census and having fun

Somerset County and Census 2020 are partnering to present a series of family fun carnivals for different communities. The free events include food, games and activities for children, table displays from different county and community service-providers, and information about Census 2020, including job opportunities and why it’s important to complete the upcoming Census. WinterFest events […]

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