CAREERWORKS: The Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative develops
employer-led or employer-centric workforce partnerships in growth industries
to advance economic development. It follows the award-winning National Fund
for Workforce Solutions (NFWS) workforce partnership model, in which educators
train to the specific needs of employers. Employers commit to hiring job seekers
and advancing incumbent workers who go through career training.
CAREER WORKS is New Jersey's only National Fund for Workforce Solutions collaborative and is managed by the Newark Alliance. It brings private foundation funding and aligned public dollars — $2,250,000 over three years — to bear on workforce issues. The Collaborative supports workforce partnerships focused on a dual bottom line: meeting needs of employers in high growth/high wage industries and meeting the needs of low-income workers.
The Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative (GNWFC) seeks to create innovative,
sustainable workforce development solutions in northern
New Jersey that enable low-skilled workers to advance in careers and businesses to compete.
CAREERWORKS: The Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative invests in the talent
development of your incumbent frontline workers and job seekers. Employers receive
the following benefits:
According to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, healthcare added 154,800 new jobs between 1990 and 2010 and contributed $34 billion to New Jersey's Gross Domestic Product.
TLD offers tremendous job opportunities in the region. Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal is the largest port on the East Coast - the 2nd largest in the nation. In 2009, TLD employed 364,429 workers in New Jersey and contributed $.48.6 billion to the state's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Investing in CAREERWORKS enables funders to leverage their grantmaking to have greater impact
and to help shape long-term workforce develpment in Northern New Jersey.
The Collaborative members pool funding, develop strategies, support sector-based programs and develop workforce partnerships that meet the career-advancement needs of workers and the bottom-line requirements of businesses.
CAREERWORKS links and leverages public and private dollars to develop a sustainable workforce pipeline that advances low-skilled workers in northern New Jersey and enables the businesses that hire them and key economic engines to grow.
Workforce partnerships address the skills-development challenges of low-skilled
unemployed and under-employed adults but equally as important, they are employer-led
or employer centric to ensure employment or advancement at the end of a training
cycle. Currently CareerWorks supports workforce partnerships in two of New
Jersey’s growth industry sectors – healthcare and transportation, logistics and
distribution (TLD). CareerWorks continues to vet economic and labor market data
against employers’ true workforce needs and develops innovative solutions that map
to New Jersey’s unique value proposition and circumstance. For instance CareerWorks
– especially as it builds its TLD portfolio – seeks to create a sustainable
workforce pipeline to Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, the largest port
on the East Coast. Other opportunities relate to the state’s post-Hurricane
Sandy needs. The need for remediation, rebuilding and mitigation may indicate,
for instance, that CareerWorks should support sectors such as construction,
which will play a key role in the rebuilding of New Jersey.
Additionally, we’re currently watching the Financial Services sector, which employed 197,000 workers in New Jersey in 2011 and contributed $41.8 billion to the state’s 2010 Gross Domestic Product, approximately 11 percent of GDP.
Whereas northern New Jersey – or the Gateway Region – was a leading player in the Industrial Revolution, its largest cities – Newark, Paterson, Elizabeth and Jersey City – now are urban centers in which many citizens require second-chance education opportunities to gain entre to careers. CareerWorks continues to expand its portfolio of workforce partnerships and is well on target to train 600 unemployed, low- and moderate-income (LMI) participants within northern New Jersey through 2014 and beyond.
Jewish Vocational Services/Barnabas Health — In January 2012, CareerWorks awarded Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)/Barnabas Health (BH), the state’s largest healthcare provider, a one-year $100,000 grant to upgrade the skills of hundreds of BH’s lowest-skilled, incumbent workers. JVS trained 315 workers in basic Computer 101 training enabling them to log onto the "Bridge" intranet career-development platform. The more impactful initial program was that JVS (in conjunction with NJ Health Care Employers District 1199J) prepared 44 workers such as Dietary and Housekeeping Aides workers for the higher-paying position of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), which tracks to defined career paths. The JVS “Transition to Nursing” pre-CNA program offered basic computer, medical terminology, communications and the job-related technical training. All 44 recently completed a CNA class at Essex County College (ECC) and will sit for their state certifications. In March, CareerWorks awarded a second-year $100,000 grant to JVS/Barnabas Health in which:
Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) — CareerWorks awarded a one-year, $100,000 grant in September 2012 to Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) to fund training for 24 incumbent workers such as patient escorts, ward data entry clerks, security officers, and building service workers for positions that offer $13 to $18 per hour – a $2-to-$4-per-hour increase in wages. This partnership between JCMC – an award-winning Hudson County healthcare provider, William Paterson University and McNamara and Associates bundles multi-skills healthcare tech/patient care tech (PCT) or electronic medical records (EMR) training with life-skills coaching to enable participants to become patient access reps, EMR clerks, unit clerks, and multi-skills healthcare techs – family sustaining careers within JCMC.
Career works has been actively engaging Transportation, Logistics and Distribution employers and will strategically continue to do so in 2013. currently CareerWorks is reviewing proposals for TLD workforce partnership.