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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Features for Employers include:
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.
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: www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/LMI_index.html.
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.
The DOL’s Division of Labor Market and Demographic Research has also developed fact sheet for all 21 counties in New Jersey www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/pub/factbook/factbook_index.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
|Bergen||Hackensack||201-329-9600 Ext. 5662||609-358-3293|
|Bergen||Hackensack||201-329-9600 Ext. 5506||609-358-2553|
|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|
|Passaic||Paterson||973-742-9226 Ext. 7276||609-358-2691|
|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
|Mercer/ Monmouth/ Ocean||Toms River||732-736-7221||609-358-3675|
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
|Advanced Manufacturing||New Jersey Manufacturing Extension
|Michael Marchetti, Program Manager
Frank Preta, Program Manager
|Financial Services||African American Chamber
of Commerce of NJ
|Christine Lipsack, Program Manager
Terrenny Robinson, Program Manager
|Health Care||Rutgers School of Management and
|Krithicka Raghunathan, Director
kraghunathan @smlr.rutgers .edu
|Life Sciences||Rutgers School of Management and
|Zakir Mirza, Director
zmirza @smlr.rutgers .edu
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||Elizabeth Kujan, Director
Randee Jennings, Director
|Transportation & Logistics||New Jersey Manufacturing Extension
|Robert Salamone, Director
|Construction & Utilities||New Jersey Institute of Technology||North:
Juan Gonzalez, Co-director
|Raritan Valley Community College||Annamaria Lalevee, Co-director
annamaria. lalevee @raritanval.edu
|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 @rutgers.edu
|Retail, Hospitality &
|Fairleigh Dickerson University||North:
Sandra Bleckman, Director
Stacy Forman, Director
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:
Learn more about Industry Partnerships at industrypartnerships.nj.gov.
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.)
Cumberland County College
Dr. Terrence Hardee
Director of Workforce,
Community & Technical Ed.
PO Box 1500
Vineland, NJ 08362-1500
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.