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Department of State

Business Assistance Programs

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary

Labor And Workforce Development Assistance Programs

Workforce Training Grant (Skills Partnership)

Administered by the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development (LWD), training grant funds are available to New Jersey employers to upgrade the occupational, literacy and safety skills of their current employees and/or train new employees. The training can consist of on-the-job and/or classroom training. Training can be provided by the employer or by a training provider selected by the employer. The training grant funds provide New Jersey employers with up to 50 percent cost reimbursement assistance to train new or existing employees. Awards are capped at $100,000 for individual businesses and can range up to $1,500 per employee.

Opportunity Partnership

LWD helps employers identify an appropriate educational institution or training provider to develop training programs to teach the skills you really need. Upon completing the program, trainees will be qualified for entry-level positions in your company. The partnership creates opportunities and benefits for all stakeholders. You get workers qualified to fill your job openings. The schools get great results - trainees go from graduation directly to a job. Jobseekers get fresh, desirable skills and a quick connection to the job market.

The cost of training is covered by grants paid by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to the training provider, so there's no cost to employers.

Contact a representative at your local One-Stop Career Center. List on page 66 of this document.

Registered Apprenticeship

Registered apprenticeship is a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent. It is a relationship between an employer and an employee during which the employee, or apprentice, learns a high-skill occupation. The registered apprenticeship model combines both classroom/related technical instruction (RTI) and on-the-job training. A sponsor, who can be an individual employer or an association of employers, operates the apprentice training programs on a voluntary basis.

Employer Partnership

LWD has a program that makes it easier for employers to hire new workers to assist with recovery efforts. The program will reimburse employers 50 percent of a new employee’s wages up to $10,000 to offset the costs of hiring a qualifying new employee for a contract period of 12 or 26 weeks.

Targeted Recruitment Services

Offered through LWD, state representatives at regional Business Resource Centers can help relocating employers find workers. Employers can schedule a date, time, and place for LWD representatives to help pre-screen job applicants from the company’s pool of submitted resumes. The Business Resource Center can also market the positive recruitment online by creating flyers that are distributed through partners as well as community and faith-based organizations.


Administered by the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development (DOL), these competitive grants are available to upgrade the skills of workers to ensure that New Jersey employers are more competitive in the global economy. Grant allocations may be applied to the direct cost of training (training vendor fees, training supplies, etc.) as well as the partial reimbursement of wages of workers participating in the training. Awards are capped at $50,000 for companies with 250 employees or fewer and $75,000 for companies with 250 employees or more and can range up to $1,000 per employee trained depending on the complexity and term of the training.

Literacy Training Grants

The Department of Labor (DOL) provides financial assistance for basic skills training. Award consideration is given to qualified displaced, disadvantaged, and employed workers. Basic skills training is limited to reading comprehension, math skills, basic computer literacy, English language proficiency, and work readiness skills.

Positive Recruitment

Offered through the LWD, state representatives at regional Business Resource Centers can help relocating employers find workers. Employers can schedule a date, time, and place for LWD representatives to help pre-screen job applicants from the company’s pool of submitted resumes. The Business Resource Center can also market the positive recruitment online.

WorkFirst New Jersey

Administered by the NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOLWD), employers can receive up to half of the new employees’ gross wages for up to 26 weeks to help defray the costs of their training. Employment specialists at local One-Stop Career Centers pre-screen job applicants from the WorkFirst New Jersey Food Stamp Employment & Training Programs. A WorkFirst New Jersey participant is someone who is receiving public assistance such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance, or non-public assistance Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The most qualified applicants are referred to employers, who interview candidates and make the final hiring decision. Before employers hire a WorkFirst participant, they meet with an OJT specialist from the NJDOLWD to draw up a contract. The contract will outline the OJT training requirements for each position, and specify the level of reimbursement. Key program features:

  • Trainees must be participants in the WorkFirst New Jersey or Food Stamp Employment and Training programs.
  • Trainees must be paid the applicable state or federal minimum wage, or $8.50 an hour, whichever is highest.
  • The contract period must be at least four weeks (20 working days), but not longer than six months (130 working days), depending on the complexity of skills to be learned.
  • Positions must be full time and permanent, except in special situations.
  • Employers will retain trainees as permanent employees upon satisfactory completion of training period.
  • The OJT contract exists at the discretion of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.


  • An OJT specialist will complete all the paperwork
  • You may use OJT reimbursement to help fund the first six months of an apprenticeship program for qualified WorkFirst New Jersey participants.
  • Employers who hire WorkFirst New Jersey participants also may be eligible or the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program (but no during the WorkFirst New Jersey OJT period).

Vocational Rehabilitation OJT

The NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) assists businesses in training and retraining productive workers with significant barriers to employment due to disability. Employers may receive up to half of the worker’s salary while the individual learns the essential knowledge and job skills required, in on-the-job training program. DVRS will assist companies in how to obtain tax credits that the company may be eligible for when hiring workers with disabilities.

New Jersey Career Connections

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL&WD) launched the New Jersey Career Connections website to link New Jersey job-seekers and employers. The website helps connect the businesses that are creating these jobs to the New Jerseyans who want them.

Features for Job-Seekers include:

  • Interactive Job Bank: a resource offering information on more than 165,000 jobs inside the state and another 410,000 jobs within a 50 mile radius of New Jersey.
  • Career Assessment: a government link that guides people in assessing their skills, job interests, educational needs and the likelihood of finding a job in the fields they explore.
  • Talent Networks: workforce programs provided through employers and educational institutions that help transition workers from disappearing job sectors into potential careers in such growing areas as life sciences and green industries.
  • Training: learn about educational opportunities, financial aid, training grants, apprenticeships and the state's Consumer Report Card to evaluate training providers.
  • One Stop Career Centers: Information on the location and services available at more than 30 regional Department of Labor offices that offer job-seekers access to computers, phones and copy machines.

Features for Employers include:

  • Interactive job bank: a data bank where businesses may instantaneously post job opportunities and search the resumes posted by job-seekers.
  • Expert advice: a portal to the state’s Business Representatives who help companies with needs consultation, employee recruitment services, new and incumbent worker training grants, hiring incentives and government navigation
  • Grants: information on Customized Training Grants and Literacy Grants that help companies remain competitive by improving the workplace skills of their existing workers and open the possibility of expanding their operations by training new workers.
  • Incentive programs: from tax credits to funding through several On-the-Job training programs that give employers financial assistance to expand their staff and ultimately their business operations.
  • One Stop Career Centers: learn about how more than 30 regional offices are not just for job-seekers, but also for business owners who need help building their future

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal credit available to private-for-profit employers who hire from specific targeted groups (see link for list below) of people that have in the past experienced difficulty in securing employment. For the first year of employment, WOTC allows maximum credits of $4,800. Targeted groups include, among others, disabled veterans and unemployed veterans. WOTC has been reauthorized through 2019, and a new category for the Long Term Unemployed has been announced effective January 1, 2016. In order to qualify, a new hire must have been unemployed at least 27 weeks or longer on the day before their start date, AND must have collected unemployment benefits at some time (even one week) during that period of unemployment.

In New Jersey, applications that were submitted in accordance with the IRS Transitional Relief period that ended August 31, 2016 may not be processed until all other applications submitted timely have been processed.

Labor Market Information/County Information

The NJ Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a vast array of information important to employers and job seekers. Information categories include: Demographics; Current Employment Statistics; Unemployment Rates & Labor Force Estimates; Industry and Economic Information. This information can be accessed on the DOL’s website at:

Prevailing Wage Rates

All contractors and subcontractors performing public work for a public body shall post the prevailing wage rates for each craft and classification, including the effective date of any changes to the rate, in a prominent and easily accessible place at the site of the work or at such places that are used by employers to pay workers their wages. Prevailing rates for all 21 counties in New Jersey can be found at the below link.

New Jersey County Fact Sheets

The DOL’s Division of Labor Market and Demographic Research has also developed fact sheet for all 21 counties in New Jersey

Occupational Safety & Health On-Site Consultation Program

Available through the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), employers can find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their occupational safety and health management systems, and qualify for a one-year exemption. The service is delivered by the LWD using trained safety and health professionals. Consultations take place on-site, though limited services away from the worksite are available. Primarily targeted for businesses with fewer than 250 employees, this safety and health consultation program is completely separate from the OSHA inspection effort. No citations are issued or penalties proposed.

Using the LWD free On-Site Consultation Service, employers can find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their occupational safety and health management systems, arrange safety and health training, and even qualify for a safety recognition award.

The service is delivered by the LWD, Division of Public Safety and Occupational Safety and Health, using well-trained safety and health professionals. Consultations take place on-site, though limited services away from the worksite are available.

Primarily targeted for smaller businesses (less than 250 employees), this safety and health consultation program is completely separate from the OSHA inspection effort. In addition, no citations are issued or penalties proposed.

Under the Small Business Focus (SBF) initiative, companies with 50 or fewer employees will receive a special priority in scheduling consultations.

To request a free, advisory occupational safety and health consultation, please call (609) 984-0785; or by letter to LWD, Division of Public Safety and Occupational Safety and Health, P.O. Box 953, Trenton, NJ 08625; or by e-mail at

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Business Representatives and Veterans Business Representatives

Business Representatives and Veteran Business Representatives work with businesses of all sizes to help them thrive. They assist with growing your business, hiring, recruitment, hiring incentives, and funding assistance for employee training.

To schedule a one-on-one appointment, please contact your local Business Representative or Veteran Business Representative.

Business Representatives:
County Field Station Office Cell
Atlantic/Cape May Pleasantville 609-645-6712
Bergen Hackensack 201-329-9600 Ext. 5662 609-358-3293
Bergen Hackensack 201-329-9600 Ext. 5506 609-358-2553
Burlington Westampton 609-518-3918 609-414-6372
Camden Camden 856-968-4218 609-358-3850
Cumberland Vineland 856-238-6756 609-358-2518
Cumberland Vineland 856-238-6757 609-358-3433
Essex East Orange 973-395-3248 609-358-2513
Essex Newark 973-648-2061 609-358-3232
Gloucester Thorofare 856-384-3763 609-358-2357
Hudson Jersey City 201-217-7855 609-414-6991
Hunterdon Flemington 908-575-3239 609-414-6255
Mercer Trenton 609-633-8208 609-358-3277
Middlesex New Brunswick 732-745-8219 609-358-3570
Monmouth Eatontown 732-683-8850 Ext. 4011 609-331-2461
Morris Randolph 862-397-5600 Ext. 3975736 609-358-2696
Morris Randolph 862-397-5600 Ext. 3975710 609-358-2885
Ocean Toms River 732-736-7221 609-358-2259
Passaic Paterson 973-742-9226 Ext. 7276 609-358-2691
Salem Vineland 856-238-6756 609-358-2518
Salem Vineland 856-238-6757 609-358-3433
Somerset Somerville 908-704-3356 609-358-3446
Sussex/Warren Newton 973-383-0386 609-414-6991
Union Plainfield 908-412-7975 609-358-3381
Statewide Trenton   609-422-7581
Veteran Business Representatives:
County Field Station Office Cell
Atlantic/ Cape May/ Cumberland/ Salem Thorofare 856-384-3719 609-358-3662
Bergen/ Essex/ Hudson/ Passaic Jersey City 201-329-9600 Ext. 5515 609-731-2841
Burlington/ Camden/ Gloucester Camden 856-614-3158 609-358-3115
Hunterdon /Middlesex/ Morris/
Somerset/ Sussex/ Union/ Warren
New Brunswick 732-937-6214 609-358-3660
Mercer/ Monmouth/ Ocean Toms River 732-736-7221 609-358-3675

New Jersey Talent Networks

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) is awarding up to $1.6 million to organizations that will serve as “talent networks” by pointing job seekers to opportunity and connecting employers and educators to make sure schools give graduates skills that fit the bill. The program aims to equip applicants for job growth in a handful of sectors. Through talent networks, educational institutions can better understand exactly what employers need from job seekers. The State will distribute federally funded grant money of up to $275,000 each to six networks in different industries (see below). A seventh network is planned for green jobs. Networks

Industry Lead Organization Contact
Advanced Manufacturing New Jersey Manufacturing Extension
Michael Marchetti, Program Manager
201-306-0173 (cell)
Frank Preta, Program Manager
973-998-1128 (office)
973-860-4637 (cell)
Financial Services African American Chamber
of Commerce of NJ
Christine Lipsack, Program Manager
Terrenny Robinson, Program Manager
Health Care Rutgers School of Management and
Labor Relations
Krithicka Raghunathan, Director
kraghunathan @smlr.rutgers .edu
Life Sciences Rutgers School of Management and
Labor Relations
Zakir Mirza, Director
zmirza @smlr.rutgers .edu
Technology &
New Jersey Institute of Technology Elizabeth Kujan, Director
Randee Jennings, Director
Transportation & Logistics New Jersey Manufacturing Extension
Program, Inc.
Robert Salamone, Director
973-998-9801 (office)
908-797-0018 (cell)
Construction & Utilities New Jersey Institute of Technology North:
Juan Gonzalez, Co-director
973-596-3464 (office)
908-338-0679 (cell)
  Raritan Valley Community College Annamaria Lalevee, Co-director
annamaria. lalevee
973-713-1128 (cell)
  Rowan University Southern NJ Talent
Network for Construction & Utilities
Robert Tumas, Program Manager
Food Industry Rutgers Food Innovation Center Denise Bartone, Director
denise.a. bartone
Retail, Hospitality &
Fairleigh Dickerson University North:
Sandra Bleckman, Director
  Stockton University South:
Stacy Forman, Director

New Jersey Industry Partnerships

Industry Partnerships are the New Jersey Labor Department’s vehicle for building sector partnerships that facilitate public-private collaborations to meet workforce and economic challenges. Industry Partnerships bring together business leaders from similar sectors to discuss their workforce needs and resolve their operational concerns. Also in the room are representatives of public agencies, silent partners who work to develop customized solutions tailored to the specific, expressed needs of the industry sector.

The goal of this new sector partnership model is to help regional economies thrive and encourage business to set the agenda to resolve industry challenges. This is a unique opportunity to identify problems best solved collaboratively.

Industries of focus:

  • Construction & Energy
  • Finance
  • Health Care
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail Trade
  • Technology
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Learn more about Industry Partnerships at

County Colleges

New Jersey’s 19 County Colleges provide a host of services to New Jersey’s business community, including support for professional development and continuing education. Community colleges will often act as grant writers and provide training for employers seeking workforce training grants from the NJ Department of Labor (see “Customized Training Grant Program” in “Workforce Training, Recruitment, Labor Market, Worker Safety” section above.)

Atlantic Cape Community College
Sherwood Taylor
5100 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, NJ 08330-2699

Bergen Community College
Christine Gillespie, M.S. Ed., Dean
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652-1595

Brookdale Community College
Jim McCarthy
Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738
(732) 224-2186

Rowan College at Burlington County
Linda Bobo
County Route 530
Pemberton, NJ 08068-1599
856-222-9311 Ext. 2535

Camden County College
Carol McCormick, Account Executive
P.O. Box 200
Blackwood, NJ 08012
856-227-7200 Ext. 4908

Cumberland County College
Dr. Terrence Hardee
Director of Workforce,
Community & Technical Ed.
PO Box 1500
Vineland, NJ 08362-1500

Essex County College
Natalie Lee Pow, Corp. & Bus.
Training Ctr.
303 University Ave.
Newark, NJ 07102-1798

Rowan College at Gloucester County
Allen Magid
Sales Manager Continuing Ed.
1400 Tanyard Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
856-468-5000 Ext. 5503

Hudson County Community College
Ana Chapman
Executive Director
Center for Business & Industry
161 Newkirk Street, Fifth Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Mercer County Community College
Tedroy Young
1200 Old Trenton Road
Trenton, NJ 08690

Middlesex County College
Nick DeMatteo
Coordinator Institute
2600 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison, NJ 08818-3050

County College of Morris
Iren Kaler, Director of Workforce
Development, Corporate and
Community Programs
214 Center Grove Road
Randolph, NJ 07869-2086

Ocean County College
Michael Forcella, Manager of Business Engagement
College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754-2001
732-255-0400 ext. 2157

Passaic County Community College
Michael Powell, Executive Director of
Continuing Education and Workforce Development
One College Blvd. Paterson, NJ 07505

Raritan Valley Community College
Joananne Bateman Coffaro
Director Workforce Training Ctr.
P.O. Box 3300
Somerville, NJ 08876-1265
908-526-1200 Ext. 8639

Salem Community College
Ron Burkhardt, Director of Business
Outreach and Continuing Education,
460 Hollywood Ave.
Carneys Pont, NJ 08069

Sussex County Community College
Kathryn Quinn, Coordinator
Community Education
One College Hill
Newton, NJ 07860

Union County College
Dr. Lisa Hiscano, Executive Director of
Community Education and Workforce Development
1033 Springfield Ave.
Cranford, NJ 07016

Warren County Community College
Dawn Smith, Workforce &
Industry Training Specialist
475 Route 57 West
Washington, NJ 07882-4343

NJ Employer Access

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is upgrading to a new, more user-friendly jobs platform. This new portal will provide employers with the most up-to-date and responsive information available on job openings, labor market data, employment resources, and more.

All you have to do to join the new National Labor Exchange (NLx) New Jersey Employer Access platform is click here to register.

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