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CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative Awarded $320,000 in Grants to Develop Workforce Partnerships

March 18, 2015
By Business Wire News


CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative announced today that it has been awarded $320,000 in grants to support the expansion of its workforce partnerships to develop the skills of entry-level adults in northern New Jersey and help them access career tracks. CareerWorks is New Jersey’s only regional collaborative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions network of 35 innovative workforce funders collaboratives across the country.

Through a one year, $100,000 National Fund for Workforce Solutions/Social Innovation Fund grant, CareerWorks plans to expand its existing workforce partnership with Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health to train incumbent workers and job seekers for occupations that Hudson County’s largest medical facility requires. The funding marks the third year that CareerWorks has supported a partnership with the medical center, based on its track record of training entry-level employees in food services, patient transport and housekeeping to become patient care techs and medical billers and coders who see $10,000 to $12,000 increases in annual wages after placement.

A $220,000 grant from Jobs for the Future and Walmart will serve as a catalyst for CareerWorks to scale New Community Corporation automotive training that leads to a Ford Motor Company Maintenance & Light Repair Certification, internships, and placement with employer partners such as Sansone Auto Mall, Ford, Toyota, Jiffy Lube, NJ Transit, and Goodyear. A 2013 CareerWorks-supported partnership with NCC trained 23 automotive maintenance technicians, 18 of whom have been placed in full-time jobs – a 78% placement rate. With that success, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued an Opportunity4Jersey grant that trained another 50. The new CareerWorks-supported NCC workforce partnership with Ford and Sansone Auto Mall will train 200 job seekers – with a particular focus on women – over two years and place them at area dealerships or service centers. Graduates become automotive techs, service writers or even sales people earning from $30,000 to $100,000. CareerWorks also intends to use the grant to train 100 incumbent workers.

“Grantmakers that partner with CareerWorks recognize that gainful career employment is the most transformative opportunity in an adult’s life,” said Kathy M. Weaver, Vice President of Programs, Newark Alliance. “CareerWorks workforce partnerships – composed of employers and key stakeholders, offer innovative solutions to train low-skilled job seekers and incumbent workers to companies’ specific needs; in turn, companies commit to placing graduates on the path to family-sustaining careers. Such partnerships are cost effective for employers and funders alike; they help businesses reduce turnover among entry-level workers and lower recruitment and retraining costs.”

Over the past four years, CareerWorks has created employer-led or employer-centric “workforce partnerships,” a nationally recognized model for aligning skills development and training to employers’ true career requirements. With these two grants and its private and aligned funder base, CareerWorks seeks to create a pipeline of healthcare and transportation and logistics distribution workers who can access viable career paths and family-sustaining wages. By creating a talent pool trained in the skills that employers require, CareerWorks can support businesses in northern New Jersey’s growth sectors.

About CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative

CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative is the only National Fund for Workforce Solutions regional collaborative in New Jersey. The award-winning National Fund for Workforce Solutions is a network of 35 regional workforce funders collaboratives across the country. CareerWorks links and leverages public and private dollars as it taps businesses, civic, and philanthropic stakeholders to develop a sustainable workforce pipeline that advances low-skilled workers in northern New Jersey’s growth industries. CareerWorks’ funders include: The Prudential Foundation; Newark Alliance; Bergen County Workforce Investment Board (WIB); Garfield Foundation; Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group; Hudson County WIB; JP Morgan Chase; Kessler Foundation; National Fund for Workforce Solutions; Newark WIB/Newark Works; New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development; The Nicholson Foundation; PNC Bank; United Way of Essex and West Hudson; Victoria Foundation; Walmart Foundation; and Wells Fargo Foundation.

CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative
Regina Barboza, 973-596-6400, ext. 3103