MISSION STATEMENT

“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.”

The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board is a public-private partnership responsible for oversight of the workforce development and delivery system in Hunterdon and Somerset counties, New Jersey.

Established under federal law, the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board undertakes policy and planning to ensure the workforce system is meeting the needs of employers and job seekers.

The board employs staff to work collaboratively with partners in addressing the short and long term workforce needs of local employers.

GRWDB members are appointed by the Boards of Chosen Freeholders of Hunterdon and Somerset counties, New Jersey and are directly responsible for allocating approximately $3,000,000 in federal and state workforce investment grants.

To learn more about the GRWDB and its primary responsibilities please review the GRWDB’s Member Handbook & Orientation Guide.

The board’s bylaws can be viewed in the handbook or here.

GRWDB GOALS

The Board accomplishes these goals by working closely with employers large and small, chambers of commerce, industry groups, economic development organizations, training and education institutions, social service providers, and many more. Our Board supports economic growth and workforce development by analyzing local workforce conditions, overseeing the use of federal funds in our One-Stop Career Centers, and setting workforce investment policy.

The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board envisions a flexible, seamless and robust workforce training and education system where:

  • Continuous improvement is embraced throughout the workforce training and education system.
  • Workforce training and education resources meet the present and future talent needs of employers.
  • Customer service and performance outcome expectations are exceeded.
  • There is increased engagement of employers in workforce development planning and policy implementation.
  • There are expanded opportunities and outcomes for employers and job seekers through increased market penetration with a focus on serving the needs of local businesses.
  • There are expanded opportunities and outcomes for youth populations with a focus on sustainable wage career employment.

One-Stop Partners and One-Stop Operator

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).

The Somerset County Department of Human Services provides contracted One-Stop Operator services for the GRWDB. The contract, obtained through the competitive procurement process, details how the One-Stop Operator will coordinate the service delivery of the required One-Stop Partners and service providers. A new contract was approved in May, 2020. Details of the One-Stop Operator selection process can be found on the GRWDB’s About page.

As part of this contract, the One-Stop Operator provides a monthly report of programs and services. The reports are shared with the full board.

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,

For copies of One-Stop Operator reports for previous program years, contact the GRWDB office at info@thegrwdb.org.