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Reginald Norris, center, with Brian Pleva,left, parts and service director, and technician Gledis Fraholli.

Auto Technician Training Success

Congratulations to Reginald Norris on completing the  New Community’s Automotive Technician Training Program supported by CareerWorks Greater Newark Funders Collaborative. Prior to training, Reginald, age 23, of Newark was not optimistic about his prospects after different jobs at a supermarket and Amazon distribution center. He fulfilled the 1,200 hour program requirements for graduation and has landed a full-time auto mechanic job with Gensinger Volkswagen in Clifton New Jersey.  “It’s probably one of the best things that’s happened to me in a long time,” Reginald said of new work as an automotive technician. “At a job like this, you never get bored.” His story is featured in the July 2015 New Community Corporation e-Clarion

To learn more about this effective employer-led workforce partnership that is producing family sustaining wages visit: Delivering a TLD Workforce

Systems Change Award

National Fund for Workforce Solutions 5th Annual Meeting Baltimore, Maryland June 19, 2015 

Remarks by Regina Barboza – Program Director – CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative at Newark Alliance

We would like to thank the Investor Committee of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions for this Award.  Systems, like people, are ever evolving – rest assured, it is the people such as our initial funders who drive change. CareerWorks started with a vision in 2010 of creating a regional funders collaborative in Greater Newark to serve low-skilled adults and the growth industries that weren’t necessarily looking at this population as a talent pool.  The Prudential FoundationJPMorgan Chase, the Kessler FoundationUnited WayNew Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and many other local funders and the National Fund supported this vision until it took hold.  Now, we look to the next three years of continuing this work and being a strategic partner with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development as it begins to replicate CareerWorks-like Industry Partnerships throughout the state.  Thank you to – Prudential, in particular, which provided catalytic funding – and all of our funders; you literally are our strategic partners.  Thank you to education providers, such as Jewish Vocational Services of Metrowest New Jersey, New Community Corporation, William Paterson University, Essex County College, 1199J and MONOC Mobile Health Services; and employers such as Barnabas HealthJersey City MedicalFord Motor Company and Sansone Auto Mall, and others, who are creating internal systems change to better respond to their business needs and the communities they serve.  And, I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the NFWS network – all of our sister collaboratives that have informed our work over the years!”  

by Regina Barboza – Program Director – CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative at Newark Alliance  

Systems Change Award
Left-to-right: Aaron Fichtner, Deputy Commissioner, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Kim Ostrowski, Senior Program Director-Corporate Giving/Prudential Foundation; Kathy Weaver, Newark Alliance VP of Programs; Regina Barboza, Program Director, CareerWorks; Angel Bermudez, Principal and Founder of Strategic Philanthropic Innovations and CareerWorks Technical Advisor; Mary Cataudella, ‎Vice President, Human Resources at Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health, and Lourdes Valdes, Mgr. of Employment/Training and Development, JCMC – BH

Automotive Technician Training: Delivering a TLD Workforce

At the fifth annual National Fund for Workforce Solutions meeting CareerWorks spoke about industry partnerships that are producing skilled auto mechanics.

Automotive Labor Shortage      

A Ford Motor Customer Service Division presentation reported Transportation, Logistics & Distribution (TLD) training is a critical issue for workforce development:

  • Delivering TLD workforceAverage age of auto mechanics = 45 years & older (47% of mechanics); median age is 43;
  • Half of the existing workforce looking to retire within 10 years;
  • Currently not enough techs to meet industry needs;
  • Can not get enough certified techs; and
  • Average age of cars on the road – 11 years. 

Walmart Grant for Training

As part of our focus on Transportation, Logistics & Distribution (TLD), CareerWorks is applying its $220,000 Jobs for the Future/NFWS-Walmart Foundation grant to scale up its Ford Motor automotive service technician training to serve 200 job seekers over two years.  The New Community Corporation is providing practical hands-on training through a 1200-hour program where participants have access to mentoring, housing services, emergency food assistance, and case management/counseling services as needed. Twenty three of twenty nine jobseekers completed the program which began in 2013 and during the first quarter of 2014, 18 were hired at twenty employers including Sansone, Ford, Jiffy Lube, Goodyear, Firestone, NJ Transit, and Volkswagon.TDLworkforce2

Thanks to the Walmart Foundation for the grant which serves as the catalyst for developing a truly end-to-end pipeline workforce partnership and a pilot for New Jersey’s future Port-related workforce project in transportation, logistics and distribution. 

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Contact:  Regina Barboza, Program Director CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative c/o Newark Alliance, 60 Park Place, 19th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102, 973-596-6400, ext. 3103,  www.careerworksnj.org



White House Recognizes Employer Centric Partnerships

Congratulations to Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) Barnabas Health on being selected to participate in the April 24th UpSkill America conference at the White House.  We are delighted our nominee Lourdes Valdes, JCMC-Barnabas Health Manager of Employment and training was selected to attend President Obama’s “Call to Action Conference.”

The JCMC incumbent worker certificate program successfully trained 38 workers to become Patient Care Techs, Medical Billers and Coders and EMTs.   Of the 38 trained, 35 individuals have been placed in jobs that pay an average $10,000 more annually.

This is an excellent example of how our employer centric workforce partnerships create an innovative and sustainable approach that enables low-skilled workers to advance in careers with a living wage and businesses to compete.

To learn more about the JCMC incumbent worker training visit http://vimeopro.com/dreamplay/changemakers/video/92270562

Learn more about UpSkill America at http://www.upskillamerica.org/.

Career Works awarded $320,000 grant to develop industry partnerships

National Fund for Workforce Solutions, Jobs for the Future and Walmart Foundation Back the Collaborative’s Efforts to Develop Job Skills among Entry-Level Adults

CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $320,000 in grants to support the expansion of its industry 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 industry 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.”Industry 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.