The Jersey City Employment and Training Program, Inc. specializes in providing case assessment and testing services for a myriad of populations. The laid off and out-of-work populations receive a high level Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) that is administered by the agency’s Manager of Special Grants. These results are used to ensure that a person enrolled in a training program meet the academic requirements set forth for a specific training program.
Youth receive a similar TABE test, but of a version that is fit for youth. This helps assess their academic skill level and then during the school year the contracted vendor works with the youth to ensure those scores are raised and that they are equipped academically to pass the state exams and complete their high school diploma.
Customers who receive public assistance are given test assessments through the Employment Services in Jersey City and then attend Life Skills programs where their skills are assessed and honed. It is possible for a customer to secure employment from the Life Skills program, but more generally they will attend training programs to secure employment. The bottom line they need to also have the academic integrity to complete training so academic assessments are done.
Early Employment Initiative
The Early Employment Initiative (EEI) is available to those individuals who are applying for Hudson County Welfare another one of our partners. Individuals will be able to apply through the County Plaza Building on Cornelison Avenue. For more information, those interested should contact (201) 420-3000 and ask for Division of Family Services for more information.
Some individuals may have the skills to look for a job, but are rusty on writing a resume. A full-time certified resume writer is on staff with the Jersey City Employment and Training Program and is housed on the first floor of 438 Summit Ave. This employee will help customers create, edit, and finalize resumes and cover letters for employer-related activities. Appointments are needed and one should attend the Career Beacon orientation on Resume Preparation before meeting with this employee. For more information on this service contact 201-217-7643.
Housed on the 2nd Floor of the chartered One Stop Center a full-time employee works with individuals who are on public assistance and looking to attend training via one of the many training programs funded by the County of Hudson and City of Jersey City.
The program offers a myriad of programs that include life skills, conflict management, resume preparation, and interviewing techniques. This is a closed program for only individuals who are enrolled from the County Welfare Agency (CWA) and the instructor is certified to teach this program via Adkins, which is located at Columbia University.
Career Resource Center
CAREER BEACON ORIENTATION
A Career Beacon Orientation is a group of individuals who meet once weekly and it is a training module combined with the orientation. It is offered to customers who have attended a Re-employment Orientation(RO), or referred by an Employment Counselor and expressed interest in training for skills upgrade or new trade.
This Orientation provides information on services available at the Jersey City One Stop Career Center. Some of the populations who are served by this orientation include: 55+ Program (offers part-time employment to older workers); Veterans Program, Employment Services (job search assistance) Resume Preparation, Resource Room Access, which includes Computer/Copier/Fax Services, Unemployment Section, which helps a customer understand the eligibility process to receive UI benefits, DVR(Assessment and assistant as determined) Section 8(housing Unit) etc. WIA, assistance in vocational training/skill upgrade.
The Pre-requisite for consideration for vocational training includes: 1) Completing a 4-week job search Program and 2) Self assessment evaluation (used by Intensive Case Managers in initial assessments). The Training module of Career Beacon, introduces the NJDOLWD Website, covering, Demand Occupations, the Employment Outlook, Career Development, and finally the Occupation Explorer. This orientation is needed to ensure that the customer makes an informed choice before looking attending any type of Occupational Skills Program.
Individuals who are between ages 14 to 24 are eligible for services. All youth must meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) income criteria and fall within one or more categories under WOIA. Under the WIOA, youth are classified into 2 categories: Out of School Youth or In School Youth. Our service strategies prepare youth for employment and/ or post-secondary education through strong linkages between academic and occupational learning. Strategies incorporate one or more of the 14 required program elements listed here:
Tutoring, study skills, and dropout prevention
Paid and unpaid work experiences
Occupational skills training
Comprehensive guidance and counseling
Education offered concurrently with, and in the area context as workforce preparation activities and training
Financial literacy education
Provision of labor market information
Activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training
Entrepreneurial skills training
Ladders Of Opportunity Youth Grant
Through a U.S. Department Transportation grant, the Jersey City Employment and Training Program has received funding to provide training in order to assist individuals with finding jobs in the transit industry and local unions.