WORKFORCE INNOVATION & OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA)
WIOA is federal legislation, adopted in July 2014, that consolidates job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) into a single funding stream. The Act aligns workforce development programs with economic development and education initiatives.
In addition to the specific activities under the purview of the grant, WIOA serves as the lead agency of the One-Stop and oversees the interaction of the independent providers and agencies within the consortium.
BCTS administers two types of WIOA monies through the One Stop: Individual Training Accounts (ITAs)/On-the-Job Training (OJTs) grants and Contracted Services awarded to local providers through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. All contracts are reviewed by the WDB, and approved by the BCTS Board of Education in form of monthly resolutions.
The Employment Services Division (ES) of the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development helps clients find suitable position through one-on-one counseling, resume preparation, and job search.
Clients meet with Interviewers and counselors to learn about career prospects and training opportunities, develop resumes, refine interview skills, or specialized programs such as PROS/JSAPP. In the Public Access area, individuals can work on their own to prepare cover letters and resumes; use the telephones, copier and fax machines, or search for a job through the State's new online job tool, Jobs4Jersey. The State also has developed a virtual One-Stop, offering on-line services to workers and employers to build NJ’s workforce.
DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES
The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS) provides services that enable individuals with disabilities to find jobs. The division also offers assistance to people with disabilities who are having problems keeping their jobs. DVRS is staffed by experienced rehabilitation counselors who provide valuable services to people who, as a result of physical, learning, mental, or emotional difficulties, need assistance obtaining or maintaining employment.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SERVICES
The local office for Unemployment Insurance Services is also housed at the One-Stop. It provides walk-in service to customers filing and re-opening unemployment benefit claims by phone or internet, or those who need assistance. Phone lines are available so that individuals can speak with customer service representatives at the State’s Reemployment Call Center. When a company experiences a layoff or plant closing, the One-Stop participates in the NJDOL’s Response Team, to ease the separation, and assist displaced workers re-enter the workforce.