The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Workforce Development Boards are organized under the federal legislation Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), establishing parameters like roles, responsibilities and membership criteria for Boards to operate within. More specifically, WIOA outlines 13 critical functions to be carried out by the Workforce Development Board in order to continue to cultivate a seamless workforce delivery system:
- Local Area Plan[ning]
- Workforce Research and Regional Labor Market Analysis
- Convening, Brokering, and Leveraging
- Employer Engagement
- Career Pathways Development
- Proven and Promising Practices [for meeting the needs of employers]
- Technology [to maximize accessibility]
- Program Oversight
- Negotiation of Local Performance Accountability Measures
- Selection of One Stop Operator(s)
- Coordination with Education Service Providers
- Budget & Administration
- Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities
Greater Raritan One-Stop Partners
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been executed between the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB), the One-Stop Career Center (American Job Center Network) Partners (Partners), and the Chief Elected Official (CEO). They are collectively referred to as the “Parties” to this MOU.
This MOU is developed to confirm the understanding of the Parties regarding the operation and management of the One-Stop Career Centers in the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Area. The GRWDB provides oversight of workforce programming for Hunterdon and Somerset counties.
The parties to this MOU agree that all required Partners and co-located additional Partners have a joint responsibility to support and maintain an effective local integrated service delivery system. In addition, all parties recognize that shared and infrastructure costs are applicable to all the required Partners.
This MOU outlines the local vision for program alignment, Partner roles and responsibilities, and accountability for a coordinated service delivery system.
The parties also establish a financial plan, including terms and conditions, to fund the services and operating costs of the One-Stop Career Centers.
This MOU defines the parameters within which education, workforce, economic development, and other Partner programs and entities operating in the GRWDB Area create a seamless, customer-focused system that aligns service delivery across the board and enhances access to program services. By realizing One-Stop opportunities together, Partners are able to build community-benefiting bridges, rather than silos of programmatic isolation. These Partnerships also reduce administrative burden and costs and increase customer access and performance outcomes.
An updated MOU was completed and signed by local partners in May 2020. Go here to see a copy of the MOU and the related Infrastructure Funding Agreement (IFA).
Greater Raritan One-Stop Operator
The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board selects the area’s One-Stop Operator, through a competitive process in accordance with the Uniform Guidance, WIOA and its implementing regulations, and Local procurement laws and regulations. The Somerset County Department of Human Services provides the contracted One-Stop Operator services. The contract details how the One-Stop Operator will coordinate the service delivery of the required One-Stop Partners and service providers.
The Request For Proposals (RFP) for the procurement of a One-Stop Operator for Program Year 2022 can be found here. The response to that RFP and the evaluations of a review committee can be found here. During its June 23, 2022, meeting, the board of the GRWDB reviewed the committee’s recommendations, which had been approved by the GRWDB Executive Committee during a May 5, 2022 meeting. The 2022 Memorandum of Agreement between the GRWDB and the Somerset County, NJ Department of Human Services can be found here.
Previous One-Stop Operator contracts are available as follows:
- Program Year 2020: RFP; Review Committee evaluations; Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholder’s authorization of approval.
- Program Year 2017-2019: April 2019 Memorandum of Agreement between the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board and the Somerset County, NJ Department of Human Services; Competitive Contract One-Stop Bid from Program Year 2017.
The One-Stop Operator provides a monthly report of programs and services. The reports are shared with the full board.
Read Program Year 2022 reports: July 2022, August 2022, September 2022, October 2022, November 2022, December 2022, January 2023, February 2023,
Read Program Year 2021 reports: July 2021, August 2021, September 2021, October 2021,November 2021, December 2021, January 2022, February 2022, March 2022, April 2022, May 2022, June 2022
Read Program Year 2020 reports: July 2020, August 2020, September 2020, October 2020, November 2020, December 2020, January 2021, February 2021, March 2021, April 2021, May 2021, June 2021
Read Program Year 2019 reports: July 2019, August 2019, September 2019, October 2019, November 2019, December 2019, January 2020, February 2020, March 2020, April, 2020, May 2020, June 2020
For copies of One-Stop Operator reports for previous program years, contact the GRWDB office at email@example.com.
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 […]