There are four operating units often referred to collectively as “the Workforce Investment Board” or, more recently as deemed by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, “the Workforce Development Board.”

  1. The Board itself (GRWDB) as the entity responsible for planning, policy, and oversight and employs staff to carry out its priorities
  2. Greater Raritan One Stop Operator as competitively selected by the GRWDB to serve as a coordinator, convener, and manager of required and optional workforce partners
  3. Greater Raritan Career Services as the provider of (re)employment as well as training and education services to individuals
  4. Greater Raritan Fiscal Agent (County of Somerset, NJ) as the recipient and custodian of federal and state workforce investment grant funds

In order to establish a governance structure for the Greater Raritan Local Area, certified by the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission, both Boards of County Commissioners of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties and the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board entered into a “Joint Agreement” to further define roles and responsibilities of the partners.

Among other provisions, the current Joint Agreement:

  • Establishes GRWDB Member appointments
  • Designates the County of Somerset, New Jersey as the Grant Recipient and Fiscal Agent
  • Designates the Department of Human Services of the County of Somerset, New Jersey as the “One-Stop Operator”

One-Stop Operator selection

Based upon WIOA, The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board selects the One-Stop Operator, through a competitive process in accordance with the Uniform Guidance, WIOA and its implementing regulations, and Local procurement laws and regulations.

All documentation for the 2017 competitive One-Stop Operator procurement and selection process is published and may be viewed in either the April 2019 Memorandum of Agreement between the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board and the Somerset County, NJ Department of Human Services or the Competitive Contract One-Stop Bid from Program Year 2017.

The Request For Proposals (RFP) for the procurement of a One-Stop Operator for Program Year 2020, along with a subsequent addendum, can be found here. The response to that RFP and the evaluations of a review committee can be found here. During its April 16, 2020, meeting, the board of the GRWDB approved the review committee’s recommendation that the response be accepted. The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholder’s authorization of that approval can be found here.

The relationship

The following chart shows the relationship between the Boards of County Commissioners, the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board, State entities, the Board’s staff, and the One-Stop Career Center Training Services Operator.

Please visit New Jersey’s State Employment and Training Commission’s website to learn more about the various local Workforce Development Boards throughout the state.

The SETC Dashboard provides workforce performance data in a user-friendly visualization tool. State and local workforce data are included, based on federal WIOA reports.  As resources allow, the dashboard may be expanded to include data on additional workforce programs.

For more information about WIOA, go here.