GREATER RARITAN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD
IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING COVID-19:
Workforce Development Board staff and the staff from the One Stop Career Center continues to providing career services to the public. Staff has been in the office since mid-July on a rotating basis and fully staffed Oct 5th. The Business Representatives remain remote but are providing services to employers and job seekers. Both offices are sending out job leads to thousands of job seekers a week in a project that began back in March and continues today.
The One Stop Career Training Center is offering orientation sessions each Friday at 10 providing job seekers information about the centers services and information about training grants. Since the GRWDB is the recipient of additional training dollars we are actively seeking unemployed residents interested in obtaining free training opportunities in a number of in demand fields. (see below for more information)
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. The state Department of Labor is taking steps to transition other services, including Temporary Disability Insurance, Family Leave Insurance and Workers Compensation, to online and telephone platforms.
Please visit https://myunemployment.nj.gov to:
• File an unemployment
• Check claim status
• Certify for weekly
• Reset your PIN or
• Start your job search
• Begin career training
• Submit questions via
chat and email
• Find helpful information
You may also call your appropriate regional phone
number below for further assistance:
• North New Jersey: 201-601-4100
• Central New Jersey: 732-761-2020
• South New Jersey: 856-507-2340
• Out-of-state claims: 888-795-6672
(you must call from a phone with an out-of-state area code)
• New Jersey Relay: 7-1-1
Visit New Jersey’s jobs portal at jobs.covid19.nj.gov
IN THE NEWS:
NEWSTART CAREER NETWORK
- RELAUNCH! A New Perspective on Finding Meaningful Work in Challenging Times with Dr. Steven Simon
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 2pm to 3:30 pm- REGISTER NOW...
Relaunch serves as a self-help guide to making life enhancing changes and adjustments. Maturing professionals can gain motivation and creativity in making the career changes that are necessary to find ongoing passion and meaningful work. Sponsored by the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center in collaboration with the New Start Career Network.
July 2020 - SUDDENLY VIRTUAL WHITE PAPER: Heldrich Center
In this review, Heldrich Center researchers examined
the websites and social media pages of all 206 local
workforce areas in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and
Pennsylvania. The center understands that virtual services
may be offered directly to current customers via contact
with their One-Stop Career Center case managers, but
researchers also wanted to understand what individuals with
no direct ties to the public workforce system could access.
Three key themes emerged.
- Designated COVID-19 Resources and Pages
- Opportunities to Learn and Connect
- Existing Content Digitized
LABOR DEPARTMENT IMPLEMENTS CUSTOMER-SERVICE, TECH IMPORVEMENTS TO ADDRESS HISTORIC INCREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) has made a series of moves – from upgrading computer technology to adding personnel and boosting phone capacity – to get unemployment claims processed faster and customers’ questions answered quicker. READ MORE...
* Additional Resource: Frequently Asked Questions During the Coronavirus Emergency
The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) works to ensure that workforce education and training investments help meet the talent needs of employers. The GRWDB is directly responsible for oversight of Greater Raritan Career Services, a provider of re-employment education and training resources to individuals, and member of the NJ Career Connections network.
The GRWDB serves both Hunterdon County, NJ and Somerset County, NJ under a Joint Agreement ratified by both Boards of Chosen Freeholders. The GRWDB is comprised of volunteer business, education, labor, economic development, and community leaders who analyze local workforce conditions, oversee the use of federal funds, and set workforce investment policy.
The GRWDB has established the following strategic priorities that guide the daily work of the organization:
- Focus on sector strategies consistent with the New Jersey State (Economic Development) Plan and the New Jersey Combined (workforce development) Plan.
- Build strategic alliances with partners, including those in the economic development arena.
- Coordinate outreach to the business community among the various entities currently engaged in contacting businesses.
- Focus our strategies on career paths versus simply employment.
- Recognize the role that transportation plays in employment.
- Develop additional revenue streams and re-think our finances.
For more information, please visit the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board webpage.
PAUL GRZELLA, DIRECTOR
MAIL: GRWDB Business Office, 27 Warren Street, PO Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876