Updated April 30, 2014
May 1, 2014
Left to Right: Cumberland County Director/Office on Employment & Training - Dante Rieti, NJ State Employment and Training Commission/Policy Analyst - Kirk Lew, Cumberland Salem Workforce Investment Board Chair - Bert Lopez, Salem County Freeholder - Robert Vanderslice, Cumberland County Director Freeholder - Joseph Derella
The Cumberland Salem Workforce Investment Board(WIB) received their certification by the State Employment and Training Commission (SETC)on April 3, 2014. The certificate was offically presented at the May 1, 2014 Board Meeting.
The Workforce Investment Board certification is mandated by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and is to occur every two years. The Cumberland Salem Workforce Investment Board began this process in March 2012 and will start the process of re-certification in January 2015. Specific information was requested from the local WIB areas to include, but not limited to, meeting minutes since 2011, full board membership, Partner Memorandums of Understanding, Annual Program Reports and WIB website information.
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Talent Networks Add Value to Employers & Job Seekers
In today’s rapidly changing employment market, it is critical to have a fluid, statewide workforce system skilled in quickly responding to employers and job-seeker needs.More than half of New Jersey workers are employed in six industries and pay more than two-thirds of wages paid in New Jersey.These newly-created Talent Networks will assist employers searching for qualified candidates by leveraging their experience, understanding of the ever-changing job market, and their access to New Jersey’s training providers and educational leaders.
How does a Talent Network help your business?
The goal of the “Talent Networks” is to connect businesses in six key industries with educational institutions, workforce development agencies, government and community groups to identify the skills and training Garden State employers require in prospective employees to remain competitive in the global market. By being trained in those skills, students and job-seekers will be able to find long-term jobs in New Jersey and help to boost the state’s economy.
What sectors are represented in the Talent Networks?
Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution (Rutgers University): Known as a corridor state, New Jersey is well positioned to maximize job opportunities in the areas of trucking, wholesale trade companies, warehousing and the movement of goods.
Life Sciences (BioNJ): Biotechnology, life-science firms, developing medical devices often include high paying, talent-driven jobs that require specialized skills.This industry is just beginning to show its long-term promise.
Advanced Manufacturing (New Jersey Institute of Technology): These smaller, leaner, high-tech, specialty manufacturers are areas primed for growth if properly nurtured and provided with the uniquely skilled workforce that suits their needs.
Financial Services (Newark Alliance): From banks and mortgage firms to CPAs and programming operations, financial services are the backbone that supports numerous ancillary industries.
Health Care (Rutgers University): Growing even at the height of the recession, the healthcare industry possesses a wide range of jobs, from aides to people collecting data.
Technology and Entrpreneurship (New Jersey Technology Council): Encompassing a wide assortment of business, from start-up companies to telecommunication firms, job growth opportunities are extensive.
Retail, Hospitality & Tourism: The mission of the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) Talent Network is to work with RHT employers to identify which types of skills are most valuable in potential employees. The Talent Network then helps future employees get the training they need to qualify for jobs in retail, hospitality and tourism.