May-02-17 Department Of Labor Acting Commissioner Delivers Senate Budget Testimony

New Jersey

~~“Employer Engagement

Second, for the past seven years, our department has worked closely with employers across the state to ensure that investments in education and training programs are aligned with the needs of the business community.

In 2011, we created Talent Networks around the seven key industry clusters that employ more than two-thirds of the workers in New Jersey and pay more than two-thirds of the annual wages. Talent Networks engage industry employers to pinpoint the relevant skills that jobseekers need to get jobs in those major industry clusters and link employers with the state’s educational institutions, employee training providers, state officials and jobseekers.

In October, we released our first-ever Industry-Valued Credentials List to help students and job seekers identify the skills and credentials most in-demand in New Jersey.  Our labor market analysts worked closely with employers, educators and workforce development professionals to compile the list of 198 credentials and degrees. We have committed to using this list to direct occupational training dollars toward the most effective workforce and education programs. The list also serves as a consumer protection tool for individuals in search of high-quality occupational training, ensuring that the credential they are seeking is valid and recommended by knowledgeable employers, educators and workforce professionals.”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Employer Engagement
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