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C amden C ounty

By The Camden County Workforce Development Board The Camden County One-Stop Career Center


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Centers offers immediate access to one of the largest pools of talent in the tri-state area. Employment services staff will screen and refer applicants, and schedule interviews at the employer’s convenience. They make the final hiring decision. There are a variety of ways the One-Stop Career Center can help area business grow with the ability to list available job openings on-line and pro- vide screening and recruitment of qualified applicants. Some Options include: Customized Training The WDB in partnership with Camden County College and other area training pro- viders has been quietly and effectively partnering with lo- cal area businesses to provide high-quality customized train- ing for their employees. The Camden County Work- force Development Board identified and approved five industry sectors for sector de- velopment including Advanced Manufacturing, Financial Ser- vices (F.I.R.E.); Health Care, Retail, Hospitality, and Tour- ism (RHT), Logistics & Distri- bution (TDL). New Jersey State Industry Partnerships of like employers are being created to determine the employer’s industry specific needs and train to meet the demands of the labor market. Whether the employer has 10 employees or thousands, the WDB helps to determine what makes the most sense for the organiza- tion and helps create a plan for Training in virtually every aspect of modern business. • Increase the productivity of the work force through training in leadership, communications skills, basic math and team building to name a few. • Upgrade technical and information technology skills from basic computer literacy to high level programming, data- base management, CAD/CAM and network support. • Expose top management to modern business theory and practice. On-The-Job-Training On-the-job training or (OJT) is a program where the One- Stop Career Center can provide remuneration directly to an employer for an employee. The WDB recognizes that some classroom trainings will not capture exactly what an em- ployer needs an employee to know. The OJT program works

like a wage subsidy for a speci- fied training period. Based on the skills needed for a job the One-Stop Career Center can reimburse an employer for 50% of the hourly rate received for up to six months. Employer Recruitment Services Business Service Representa- tives (BSR), located through- out the state in our One-Stop Career Centers, offer services AT NO COST. BSRs provide a single point of contact to assist New Jersey-based businesses. Services include; Recruit qualified workers • Access to thousands of qualified workers with the skills you require • Customized recruitment programs to screen and refer suitable applicants • Access to the One-Stop (for interviews, meetings, or infor- mation sessions.) Access industry and labor market information • Up-to-date national and local economic and workforce data • Current demographic data • Data projections Navigate state and One-Stop Career Center programs and services • Access to business services • Financing information • Information on state, coun- ty, and local programs and initiatives Job Seeker The One-Stop Career Cen- ter is guaranteed to be a very worthwhile step in the right direction with a professional, knowledgeable, and caring staff is always on hand to explain all available services. Full-service access is there for all customers, even without meeting program eligibility requirements. Quali- fied career counselors guide customer choice and referrals partner services as needed in- cluding Employment Services, Veteran Services, Division of Vocational and Rehabilitation Services. Occupational Training Occupational Training is attending school to learn a spe- cific job skill. Customers of the One-Stop, if deemed eligible, can select from a variety of approved schools and compare their outcomes from our ap- proved training provider list and consumer report card sys- tem. All approved occupational training programs come from a wide variety of job demand fields.

The Camden County One- Stop Center is located at 2600 Mt. Ephraim Ave, Camden, NJ Other notable Initiatives of the Camden County Work- force Development Board Cooper Hospital – Medical Coding Initiative (CMCI) A consortium including Coo- per University Healthcare, Camden County College, Hope- works, the Camden County One-Stop and the Camden County Workforce Develop- ment Board have organized to create a certificate program in Medical Coding offered by Camden County College and approved by the American Health Information Manage- ment Association as an appro- priate training platform, with the addition of certain life skills training provided by Hope- works. Hopeworks will qualify participants for the positions and the career ladders will be identified by Cooper. This will further enable the participants to advance academically to- wards securing associate and baccalaureate degrees. (WDB) Atlantic City Electric (ACE) Training Initiative Atlantic City Electric award- ed a grant to the Workforce Development Boards of Cam- den, Gloucester, Atlantic and Cumberland/Salem/Cape May. The WDB has received this six year grant for the purposes of conducting free training in the Electrical Utilities Career Paths. The Women in Sustainable Employment (WISE) Pathway is a course designed for women to explore non-traditional, in- demand jobs in the construc- tion, gas, water, electric, and energy industries. The program is a 40-hour curriculum that provides women the opportu- nity to learn about career paths in these related fields. The Get Into Energy Math and Boot Camp (GIE) workshop is focused on applied math skills specific to the energy industry and teaches concepts that are critical to success for energy industry job opportuni- ties. The workshop provides individuals with the necessary math concepts required to suc- cessfully complete employment testing for jobs in the energy industry. Participants of this class will be prepared to take the Construction and Skills Test (CAST). A team from At- lantic City Electric will admin- ister the test at the culmination of the course. (Pre-employment

test) The Line School Course cov- ers the fundamentals of line work and provides class partici- pants with training in the areas of bucket truck and equipment operations. The reason for the changes is that most util- ity companies will provide the more in-depth training with their own entry level or ap- prentice positions. Participants must pass the Construction and Skills Test (CAST) before going on to the line training. Those candidates that pass the condensed version of the course will have the opportunity to go on the more specific training if and when they are hired by Atlantic City Electric. All posi- tions with the Company start out at an apprenticeship level. Youth One-Stop A Youth One-Stop (YOS) has been established at the One- Stop Career Center that is a separate safe space for youth staffed with specially trained youth counselors. The YOS, now managed by Dr. Lauren Hill, PhD, includes its own youth specific orientation and weekly soft skills workshops that include, career and self- reflection, resume writing and interviewing skills, and finan- cial literacy (Presented by TD Bank). The YOS also includes a Youth Mentorship Program, under the Direction of Dr. Stanley B. Yeldell, Associate Professor, Rowan University Law & Justice Studies. The mentors have been coached on encouraging youth to not give up on the youth programs that will lead to training and career paths. The college students are taking sociology and justice courses at Rowan. They are being required to write a term paper about their experiences with the program. Justice Involved Youth Summit The Annie E. Casey Foun- dation approached the WDB about hosting a Justice In- volved Youth Summit to dis- cuss solutions involving at-risk youth who may have minor offences with the court system. The event was held onWednes- day, October 17th 2018. Following welcoming re- marks, The Annie E. Casey Foundation presented data about youth and the barriers that they face when it comes to probation and documenta- tion. Presentations were also made by the State and County continued on page 12B

the oversight a n d f i s c a l management of the Coun- ty’s One-Stop Career Cen- ter, a consor- tium of part- ner agencies that provide

Jeffrey S. Swartz

assistance with career develop- ment, training and job place- ment to residents throughout Camden County. “The measure of our success is the number of people we can successfully place on their ca- reer ladder. We are not about finding a job, rather placing individuals on a career path.” said Jeffrey S. Swartz, execu- tive director. A common frustration among job seekers and employers has been the difficulty of finding quality information on avail- able employment and training programs, having to go from one place to another to actually receive information and servic- es. The Camden County One- Stop Career Center system has transformed this fragmented array of employment and train- ing programs into an integrated system for both job seekers and employers. One-Stop Career Centers offer seamless access to services under one roof with a variety of employment, train- ing, and education programs. All population groups can ob- tain a wide array of job seeking and employment development services, including the initial assessment of skills and abili- ties, self-help information relat- ing to career exploration and skill requirements of various occupations, consumer report information on the performance of local education and training providers, and quality, labor market information. Employers and job seekers can choose where and how they obtain information and services and have access to the information they need to make informed choices among educa- tion and training options One-Stop Career Center, employment services staff, can work with employers to recruit the right profes- sional, technical, clerical, managerial, sales and skilled workers. Whether they need part-time, full-time, perma- nent, and temporary or proj- ect staff, One-Stop Career

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