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The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board will continue to update partners and the community as the impact of the developing 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.
The GRWDB is directly responsible for program oversight of the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Training Service Centers in Flemington and Somerville.
Because of the Coronavirus situation, 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 will continue to assist customers over the phone and via email. Customers are asked to call 908-541-5780 or email email@example.com for assistance.
The Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center at 75 Veterans Memorial Drive in Somerville is also closed until April 13.
Customers who need to file new 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.
For temporary disability and family leave information, visit benefits myleavebenefits.nj.gov.
Executive Order 103, issued by Gov. Phil Murphy, 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.
Effective immediately, all applicants for WFNJ and NJ SNAP benefits are encouraged to file online at www.NJHelps.org; if the applicant or recipients requests a face-to-face meeting, County Welfare Agencies must accommodate the request. All WFNJ and NJ SNAP appointments are moving to telephone interviews, including eligibility and redetermination appointments, and child support interviews.
In addition, the redetermination period for March and April has been extended 60 days; work activity requirements for NJ SNAP and WFNJ customers have been temporarily suspended; and the sanction process for WFNJ recipients and the disqualification for NJ SNAP recipients have been temporarily suspended. More details can be found here.
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.
The Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center provides quality, accessible, and comprehensive employment and supportive services responsive to the needs of job seekers, employers, and the community.
Services for job seeking residents of Somerset and Hunterdon counties include career and vocational counseling, access to training grants, basic computer and literacy instruction, and employment based case management in conjunction with the Somerset and Hunterdon Boards of Social Services.
The first step in making an educated decision about a job search or occupational training needs is understanding the current labor market trends. The One-Stop can provide this information during one-on-one counseling sessions, but other resources exist that can be accessed at anytime, anywhere. They include:
usnlx.com – The National Labor Exchange links job seekers to thousands of listings in New Jersey and beyond. These include all listings posted locally with the state workforce system.
O-Net Online – Research Careers and Industries
This downloadable brochure provides more detail on all services and how they are connected.
If you are an individual in need of job search assistance or employment related training, please fill out the form at right and a member of the Greater Raritan Career Training Services Staff will contact you with more information in a timely manner.
Text “ONESTOP” to 565-12 on your mobile phone to subscribe to text messages with information on upcoming job readiness workshops, company recruitment events, job fairs, and other employment opportunities!
Information on individual recruitment events conducted at the One Stop Career Centers in Flemington and Somerville can also be viewed on the calendar here.
In addition, New Jersey Career Connections offers a calendar of Job Fairs and Target Recruitments.
Here are some jobseeker-related resources available from our partners:
YES – Youth Employment Service program
And here are some additional community resources to consider:
Career Training programs at Raritan Valley Community College
Somerset County and Plainfield YMCA Career Forum
Somerset County Library System of New Jersey Business Services, including Business Librarians and curated SCLSNJ Business Kit. In addition, community members with a SCLSNJ library card can access free online services at home or at a Somerset County Library System branch. These include the Job & Career Accelerator, an online career guidance system which includes tools for resume and cover letter writing; and Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, which includes advice on interviewing skills and networking.
New Start Career Network for older (ages 45+), long-term unemployed New Jersey job seekers
Support groups: New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse
Mental Health Association in New Jersey: NJ MentalHealthCares
Center for Non-Profits, umbrella organization for advocacy, resources, training and information for New Jersey non-profits: Job Openings Quick Link
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