Members of the Bergen WIB are committed to building strong and vital relationships between business and the public workforce system. To this end, WIB business and community leaders contribute thousands of hours of in-kind services every year, saving the County tens of thousands of dollars in consulting fees. We are ambassadors and champions for the workforce development system. We are helping to identify new resources for leveraging public dollars. We engage in the Board’s work by serving on at least one of the following standing committees.
The Executive Committee is the head of all functional committees and is comprised of the WIB director, chair, and vice-chair in addition to the chairs of each committee. The executive committee develops policy and makes recommendations to the board for the strategic workforce plan to ensure continuity and accomplishment of the WIB’s mission and goals. The Committee also reviews the participation of members to ensure compliance with Workforce Investment Act (WIA) mandates. Additionally, the Executive Committee recruits new members by suggesting names of business representatives who are interested in service and submits the names of candidates to the County Executive, who, subsequently, makes appointments.
The One-Stop Committee develops linkages among the various organizations involved with providing core, intensive, and training services to the Bergen County workforce. This committee provides guidance to the One-Stop Career System in order to ensure its effectiveness, efficiency, and continuous improvement. The One-Stop Committee also has a sub-committee that oversees the Welfare-to-Work Committee. The Welfare-to-Work Committee, a joint venture with the Human Services Advisory Council, oversees the WorkFirst New Jersey programs, services, contracts, and providers.
Business and Economic Development Committee
The Business and Economic Development Committee compares existing publicly funded services and programs with needs indicated by labor market information to determine areas of need.
The Literacy Committee reviews the county’s basic skills, literacy programs, and services and makes recommendations to the WIB on bridging service gaps.
Youth Investment Council
The Youth Investment Council develops programs that focus on at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21. It sets policy related to employment opportunities and career pathways for youth, coordinates funding for related programs, and maximizes available resources to best serve the youth population targeted by the WIA legislation.