Supporting Northern and Central New Jersey Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development Projects

January 1, 2007

Project designed to retain and expand the number of high-quality jobs in central New Jersey’s bioscience sector by coordinating the efforts of the workforce development, education, economic development, and employer communities. 

The Heldrich Center, which supported the development of the proposals, provided ongoing technical assistance to the project leadership. The center served as a member of both the Executive Steering Committee and Bio-1’s Workforce Development Strategy Committee, and also provided consulting services to the Newark Alliance for the northern New Jersey WIRED effort. The Heldrich Center used labor market data, interviews with employers, and a survey of key employers to monitor the bioscience industry’s changing skill and workforce needs. The center also developed a brochure/poster depicting the structure of career paths in the bioscience industry.

In northern New Jersey, the Heldrich Center developed career awareness materials for the transportation industry and assisted in the development and implementation of the Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution Talent Network to bring workforce, education, and business leaders together to address industry skill needs. These efforts were designed to ensure that skill investments were aligned with changing technology and the organizational needs of bioscience and transportation, logistics, and distribution firms. In addition, the center worked with regional Workforce Investment Boards to develop a life science career campaign to inform parents, teachers, and students of job opportunities in the life sciences. Finally, the center developed a scorecard to monitor project outcomes.

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Funded By
Middlesex Workforce Investment Board and the Newark Alliance. Primary Funding Source: U.S. Department of Labor: Employment & Training Administration