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New Jersey Combined State Plan for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act 2016


With the overwhelming support and participation of many valued and diverse stakeholders, New Jersey has developed a clear strategic approach to talent development. This document, entitled Pathways and Partnership: Blueprint for Talent Development (Blueprint), identifies the key policy frameworks that will guide New Jersey’s efforts to 1. ensure that all individuals have the skills, abilities and connections that they need to obtain job and pursue a career and 2. Ensure that New Jersey has a skilled, innovative workforce that will drive economic growth.


This Blueprint will guide the state’s workforce development investments and will guide the implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in New Jersey. The Blueprint will also serve as the foundation of the State’s Unified State Plan, which will be completed by March 2016.


The Blueprint was developed through an intensive seven month process that included regular meetings of six Work Groups, meetings of committees the State Employment and Training Commission, a series of webinars, and the convening of 300 stakeholders for a two day conference at Mercer County College. Due to the dynamic exchange of information with such a diverse stakeholder community and the knowledge and expertise of all who generously shared their insights, New Jersey is well positioned to implement WIOA and to meet our vision of increasing the number of New Jerseyans who have earned an industry‐valued post‐secondary degree or credential.


We will meet this vision by building and expanding employer‐driven, high‐quality partnerships, by building more career pathways and by focusing our training investments on industry‐valued credentials.


The full Blueprint document can be found here.


A summary of the steps that the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will take in support of this Blueprint is available as well.


In support of this effort, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has aligned its workforce development investments with this Blueprint. A summary of four Notices of Grant Opportunity that were released in late September 2015 is available as well. More information on these NGO’s is available.


In October 2015, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the State Employment and Training Commission and other state partners will launch a series of efforts to obtain critical stakeholder input on the development of the State’s Unified State Plan. More information on this effort will be available on this website.