New Jersey's NonProfit Information Center - LWD
The Opportunity4Jersey (O4J) Training Grant program is designed for eligible training providers to train qualified displaced unemployed workers in occupational demand skills, which connect to immediate job openings with partnering businesses. Approved training programs must fall within one of the state's targeted industry sectors as identified below:
- Advanced Manufacturing;
- Financial Services;
- Health Care;
- Life Sciences (Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Medical Devices);
- Retail, Hospitality and Tourism;
- Technology and Entrepreneurship; and
- Transportation, Logistics and Distribution.
An applicant must be either a post-secondary educational institution or an approved training provider. Applicants are required to partner with a New Jersey business or consortia of businesses from one of the state's targeted industry sectors. Entities must make contact with LWD's industry-related Talent Networks. The Talent Networks, which are located throughout New Jersey, support key industry-sector efforts in the workforce development system and educational organizations that prepare the workforce for career opportunities.
The Literacy Services Unit in the Division of Workforce Grant and Program Management is dedicated to providing New Jersey residents an opportunity to enhance their skills through adult literacy to become better equipped for future employment.
Our goal is to give adults a chance to improve their basic skills through our adult education and literacy programs. We have the power to help improve their skills to carry out their roles as workers, parents and community leaders.
Increasing a person's knowledge, comprehension and confidence will help him or her become more marketable to employers AND make it easier to find a job.
We believe that those who stood first in line to defend their country should also be first in line to reap the benefits of freedom: a fair chance for a good education, a good job and a good life.
Veterans receive first priority referral to all jobs and training opportunities for which they are qualified. In the One-Stop Career Center, there is a Veterans Representative who specializes in helping veterans find the jobs and opportunities for which they qualify. In addition to priority referrals to jobs, vets can enroll in free job search workshops, find help developing a résumé, learn about career training programs and get help understanding the network of veterans benefits available through the Veterans Administration, state and local governments.
Am I a veteran?
If you are looking for employment in local, state or federal government, there are certain criteria that, if met, will entitle you to veterans' preference. To gain full understanding of veterans' preference, talk to one of our dedicated veteran staff at your nearest One-Stop Career Center.
Additional resources available to you include:
Veterans Employment & Training Service
NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Small Business Administration - Office of Veterans Business Development
G. I. Jobs
If you are an ex-offender in need of services, your One-Stop Career Center can help.
Each of New Jersey's One-Stop Career Centers has trained staff available to assist you. They focus on a particular list of employers who have hired ex-offenders before or have indicated that they are interested in doing so.
Currently the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) is working in collaboration with the State Parole Board (SPB) to provide funding to organizations through the Parolee Employment Placement Program (PEPP) including to ensure a better connection to placement and retention for the parole population. Grants are awarded to provide fee-for-service placement and retention services to a cohort of parolees.
Looking for work can be stressful. Worries about paying bills, buying food and finding childcare while you go on interviews, only adds to that stress.
The state of New Jersey offers a variety of programs to assist jobseekers with the support services they need while they do the work required to find employment. Some of the programs are administered directly by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. You can find out about those programs here, and get more detailed information at your local One-Stop Career Center.
Other programs are administered by other epartments throughout the state. On this page we provide broad overviews of what each department does as well as ways you can contact them to learn more about the services they offer.
WorkForce 55+ is a federally funded program that offers economically disadvantaged seniors, 55 years of age and older, jobs and training. The aim of WorkForce 55+ is to help seniors return to the work place through a program in which you earn while you learn. WorkForce 55+ participants receive the counseling, assessment and training necessary to enable them to be placed in unsubsidized employment.
If you answer yes to all of the below questions, you qualify.
- Is my age 55 or older?
- Am I seeking employment training?
- Am I currently unemployed?
- Am I living on a limited income?
Do you qualify? If so, register here to have an Employment Resource Specialist (ERS) contact you.
With the WorkFirst New Jersey On-the-Job Training (OJT) program, you can receive up to half of your new employees' gross wages for up to 26 weeks to help defray the costs of their training.
Employment specialists at your local One-Stop Career Center will pre-screen job applicants from the WorkFirst New Jersey and Food Stamp Employment and Training programs. A WorkFirst New Jersey participant is someone who is receiving public assistance such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, General Assistance, or non-public Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program assistance. The most qualified applicants will be referred to you. You can then interview candidates and make the final hiring decision.
Before you hire a WorkFirst New Jersey participant, you will meet with an OJT specialist from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to draw up a contract. The contract will outline the OJT training requirements for each position and specify your training reimbursement.
The WorkFirst New Jersey program depends on the active engagement of the state's business community to help create opportunities for economically disadvantaged New Jersey citizens.
To participate in this initiative:
- Trainees must be participants in the WorkFirst New Jersey or Food Stamp Employment and Training programs.
- Trainees must be paid the applicable state or federal minimum wage, or $8.50 an hour, whichever is highest.
- The contract period must be at least four weeks (20 working days), but not longer than six months (130 working days), depending on the complexity of skills to be learned.
- Positions must be full time and permanent, except in special situations.
- Employers will retain trainees as permanent employees upon satisfactory completion of the training period.
- The OJT contract exists at the discretion of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
- Your OJT specialist will complete all the paperwork.
- You may use OJT reimbursement to help fund the first six months of an apprenticeship program for qualified WorkFirst New Jersey participants.
- Employers who hire WorkFirst New Jersey participants also may be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program (but not during the WorkFirst New Jersey OJT period).
For more information about WorkFirst New Jersey OJT, please contact your local Business Representative.
The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) provides services that enable individuals with disabilities to find jobs or keep their existing jobs.
For over 80 years, the mission of the New Jersey federal/state vocational rehabilitation system has been to help people with disabilities prepare for and obtain work that is consistent with their abilities, strengths, priorities, and capabilities.
Free Employer Consultation Services: Contact a local DVRS office to make arrangements for a free consultative appointment.
Training Reimbursement: DVRS will pay up to half of a worker's salary while the individual learns the essential knowledge and job skills required, in an on-the-job training program.
Tax Incentives: DVRS will show you how to obtain tax credits you may be eligible for when hiring workers with disabilities.
Placement Services: DVRS can provide pre-screened, trained, motivated, qualified workers. We will work to identify your needs and match the right worker to the right job.
Recommendations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): DVRS will help you understand ADA laws and make "reasonable accommodations" in the workplace.
Job Modification and Barrier Removal Consultations: DVRS will evaluate your worksite to identify possible barriers and propose solutions that will benefit not only employees with disabilities, but also your customers with disabilities.
Assistance Dealing with Troubled Employees: DVRS will provide counseling services for employees with disabilities who are experiencing problems.
Follow-Up and Adjustment Services: DVRS counselors maintain close contact with employees to ensure that they are adjusting to the job and that both employer and employee are satisfied.
Onsite Consultation and Training
- The Onsite Consultation and Training Programs (Training Unit) are available as resources for non-profits. Information on the program can be found on the following pages:
Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health
- The PEOSH program is directed to public employers/employees. Most government agencies that are inspected however are “nonprofit.” All nonprofit organizations have access to our website for information concerning safe work practices and OSHA regulations that they could apply to their respective places of work (http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lsse/employer/Public_Employees_OSH.html).