Whether you need a job or want to gain a new skill, New Jersey families have options available to them. Several employment services, including job training and assistance with searches, are available to individuals across the state. Many of them are funded by the federal government and the Workforce Investment Act. While anyone can use the resources available, a focus is on individuals that are unemployed, senior citizens, veterans, and the youth in New Jersey.
A government subsidized program known as On-The-Job Training is available for qualified customers. It can benefit both employers and those seeking a job and can help the unemployed obtain experience and a new position.
The OJT program has been proven to benefit both employers and job seekers. While a number of conditions need to be met, those who qualify will in effect be hired by a public or private employer. They will then receive experience and training that provides them with needed knowledge and skills. While there are no guarantees or promises, if you make satisfactory progress you more than likely will be retained by the employer as a part of full time, regular employee.
Vocational Guidance and Counseling is offered by specialists. Your local One-Stop Career Center can help the consumer in addressing any job search issues that impact employability. You can receive assistance in developing the overall techniques needed to be successful in a work environment and also even access ongoing support after you have been hired.
Seniors and Older Workers who meet low income levels can receive support from the state of New Jersey. If you are 55 years of age or older and trying to reenter the workforce or if you are interested in a paid work experience, then this may benefit you.
The main resource is WorkForce 55+. It is funded by the federal government, the Title V of the Older Americans Act and is made available in partnership with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Positions available may include Data Entry Operators, Bookkeepers, Food Service Workers, Receptionists, and Teacher Aides, among many others. The goal is to help seniors return to the work place. Those who qualify for WorkForce 55+ will receive the assessment, counseling and training necessary to enable them to be placed into part time, unsubsidized employment. Occasionally benefits may be offered too.
More general Job Search Assistance is available at career centers. Clients will be able to meet with an Employment Interviewer. They will review your education/work history, assist clients with an ongoing job search, and importantly they will help match your skills to any open positions available in your county and immediate area.
The counselors are in constant contact with local businesses. They can also provide free information on the labor market. They can use their contacts and also search their databases for jobs if you meet the employer’s qualifications and that also interest you. Counselors can also assist you in preparing and posting your resume on the internet. Get guidance in work search activities such as resume writing and interviewing skills.
Employment services are offered for Veterans of the US Armed Forces. New Jersey will provide them with first priority to all training opportunities and available jobs. In each and every One-Stop Career Center there is a representative who specializes in helping them find the jobs they qualify for. Veterans, and even their spouses or widows, can enroll into free job search workshops and seminars. They will also get help in developing a resume, learn about career training programs and the locations will also assist with applying for government benefits that are available through the federal government Veterans Administration, state and local organizations.
Computer Based Training is available, usually for free. Many schools and employment agencies now offer their vocational programs on line, so clients can touch up on programs such as Excel or Microsoft Word. While sessions are held locally in career centers, another option is if you have a computer you may be able to learn a trade or upgrade your computer skills from the comfort of your own home.
The disabled can look into assistance, including Physical Restoration, Equipment or therapies. All of this is offered in an effort to improve physical or cognitive functioning so that a person is able to work. Examples could be occupational, physical or speech therapy. Another option is cognitive therapy which includes those modalities. Other resources in New Jersey may include prosthetics or orthotics such as eyeglasses, artificial limbs, braces, special shoes, or hearing aides.
Youth can benefit from programs paid for by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the state. The main resource is Youth Transitions to Work, which is a federal grant program. It can provide greater incentives and opportunities for high school juniors and seniors. Specialists can facilitate effective transitions to high-skill, high-wage employment that is current in demand in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Mentoring Assistance Program can provide a monetary incentive to employers and sponsors in any registered apprenticeship program. It will encourage companies that hire graduates or the unemployed of certain training courses into their apprenticeship programs. Some of the apprenticeships are known as YOUTH Transitions to Work, former Highway Construction Trades Training Program for Women and Minorities, and many others.
Clients can receive free Career Related Information from the New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJ CAN). This state funded resource was created in an effort to support lifelong career exploration, planning and encourage decision-making through easy to use, straightforward search application. Clients can get information on hundreds of Vocational and Technical Training programs, Occupations and Related Videos, Military occupations, Child Care Centers, and can research employers.
Other placement services can include the following.
One-Stop Career Centers are the main place to go for assistance. The locations offer free services to help individuals develop the skills needed to succeed in a 21st century work environment. Each location is staffed with highly qualified professionals that will assist people with obtaining employment or the job training that they need to meet the demands. The counselors will work with you as a client. They will assist you with exploring occupations that best utilize your experience, talents and skills in the current job market. A number of workshops are held which also provide information on how to conduct yourself in an interview, successfully look for a job, create a powerful resume or learn about the local labor market and conditions.
Atlantic/Cape May County
Location is 44 N. Whitehorse Pike
Hammonton, New Jersey - 08037-1860
Atlantic County One-Stop Career Center
44 N. White Horse Pike - Suite A
Hammonton, NJ - 08037
Telephone number is 609-561-8800
Cape May County OSCC
Address - 3810 New Jersey Avenue
Wildwood, New Jersey - 08260-0210
795 Woodlane Road
Westampton, NJ - 08060
Main phone number is 609-518-3900
Camden County One-Stop Career Center
Address of the center is 2600 Mr. Ephraim Avenue, Suite 102
Camden, New Jersey - 08104
174 E. Broadway, Floor 2
Salem, NJ - 08079
Call 856-935-7007 for intake.
One-Stop Career Center - Vineland
275 N. Delsea Drive, 2nd Floor
Vineland, New Jersey - 08360-8067
Call 856-696-6600 for information on employment assistance programs.
One-Stop Career Center - East Orange
Location is 50 S. Clinton Street
East Orange , NJ - 07018-3120
Gloucester County One-Stop Career Center
215 Crown Point Road, Suite 200
Thorofare, New Jersey - 08086
Main phone - 856-384-3700
Meet with a counselor to prepare a resume, get help with job searches, and other employment assistance.
75 Veterans Memorial Drive, Suite 102
Somerville, NJ - 08876-2950
Location is 690 Broadway
Bayonne, NJ - 07002
Address is 4800 Broadway
Union City, NJ - 07087
Main address is 26 Yard Avenue
Trenton, New Jersey - 08625-0954
Call 609-292-0620 for information on employment programs and job training.
Middlesex County, One-Stop Career Center - New Brunswick
Location is 506 Jersey Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ - 08901-1392
161 New Brunswick Ave, Third Floor, Suite 300
Perth Amboy, NJ - 08861-4193
60 Taylor Avenue
Neptune, New Jersey - 07753-4844
Morris/Sussex/Warren County region
Primary address is 12 Munsonhurst Road
Franklin, New Jersey - 07416
Telephone - 973-209-0795 /8501
Newton One-Stop Employment Center
7 Hampton House Road
Route 206 North
Newton, NJ - 07860-1818
Telephone - 973-383-2775
Primary address is 75 South Main Street
Phillipsburg, NJ - 08865
Dover One-Stop Career Center
The center is located at 107 Bassett Hwy.
Dover, New Jersey - 07801
30 Schuyler, Floor 2
Morristown, NJ - 07960-3834
Main number is 973-361-9050
990 Broad Street
Newark, NJ - 07102
Address of career center is 1027 Hooper Avenue, Building 6
Toms River, NJ - 08753-8392
Call the center at 732-286-5616
The unemployed and those seeking a new career can get free advice, counseling, and information on training resources.
25 Howe Avenue
Passaic, New Jersey - 07055-4007
Telephone number is 973-916-2645
Another location is at 370 Broadway, Paterson, NJ - 07501-2192, Dial 973-977-4350
921 Elizabeth Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ - 07201-2306
Call the One-Stop Career Center at 908- 965-3929
Or stop by the office at 200 West Second Street
Plainfield, New Jersey - 07060
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