Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Bergen WIB?
- What are the WIB’s primary responsibilities?
- Who can serve on the Workforce Investment Board?
- How are prospective Board members nominated?
- What is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)?
- How is the Workforce Investment Board funded?
- What is the One-Stop Career Center?
- Where is my local One-Stop Career Center located?
- What services does the One-Stop Career Center deliver?
- I am an employer. Where can I get more information on workforce training, grants and related services for my business?
- I am a job seeker. Where can I obtain information about career education, workforce training, and grants?
- I am a young person seeking employment. Where can I find information on resources to assist me with my career goals?
- I am an individual with disabilities. Where can I find information on resources to assist me with my career goals?
- May I view minutes from past WIB meetings?
- I’m interested in becoming involved in the WIB. What do I do?
- What area does the WIB serve?
- How can I find more information on the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and Workforce Investment Boards?
1. What is the Bergen WIB?
The Bergen County Workforce Investment Board (Bergen WIB) is dedicated to supporting workforce and economic development by connecting Bergen County New Jersey residents to jobs and ensuring that employers have the skilled workers they need to grow, compete, and prosper.
The Bergen County WIB (one of 17 in New Jersey) is a local, business-led Board of Directors composed of private and public-sector leaders from business, education, labor, community and faith-based organizations, and government.
The Bergen WIB oversees the Bergen One-Stop Career Center and acts as a liaison between the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) and local businesses, connecting them to education and training providers and other vital services, such as incentives and training grants, tax credits, on-the-job training for workers, and other business-related services. All WIBs are mandated by federal law (the Workforce Investment Act [WIA]) to monitor spending and programs at the Bergen One-Stop Career Center, which assists in recruiting and training employees.
2. What are the WIB’s primary responsibilities?
The primary responsibilities of the WIB are to:
- Promote private sector employer participation in all workforce activities to assist in meeting their hiring needs, and to connect workforce investment with local and regional development strategies.
- Develop a budget for carrying out the duties of the WIB.
- Certify the One-Stop operators with the agreement of the chief elected officials.
- Identify providers of training and labor market services.
- Award contracts to certified service providers.
- Identify and award competitive contracts to providers of youth services.
- Establish local performance measures and standards.
- Conduct oversight of all workforce activities.
- Develop a five-year plan to address the needs of the local workforce development area.
3. Who can serve on the Workforce Investment Board?
The U.S. Congress has mandated that employers drive the Board’s policy direction. Therefore, the majority of the Board (51%) must come from the private sector. The entire Board is composed of leaders from the fields of business, education, labor, community and faith-based organizations, and government. A minimum of 15% are from organized labor and community-based organizations. The Board must consist of a minimum of 37 members and 2 executive members (the County Executive and the Chairman of the Board of Chosen Freeholders). Every Workforce Investment Board is expected to reflect the gender, race, and ethnic composition of the community it serves.
4. How are prospective Board members nominated?
Resumes of prospective Board members are submitted to the County Executive for nomination and then to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders for a resolution and appointment to a three-year term, in accordance with the terms of the Workforce Investment Act.
5. What is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)?
Enacted in 1998 by the 105th Congress of the United States under the Clinton administration, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) aims to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States. This Federal legislation created Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) in all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Territories to oversee policy on workforce development and coordinate services through a network of 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers, implementing initiatives for potential workers and employers in one convenient location.
The goal of the WIA is to provide workforce development services to employers and workers through a universally accessible, information-driven, One-Stop Career Center System. WIA legislates how to create the job training system; WIBs design the system according to their local needs. Job training is provided to currently employed workers, dislocated workers, and those entering or returning to the workforce. Special programs for youth, literacy, and disabilities are also available.
Led by over 550 Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) nationwide, the publicly funded workforce system is giving millions of unemployed the tools to reenter the workforce. Read more about how WIBs work and the role of elected officials under WIA.
6. How is the Workforce Investment Board funded?
State and federal dollars fund the Workforce Investment Board. The WIB addresses issues of funding, including the creation of private/public partnerships to apply for competitive grants.
7. What is the One-Stop Career Center?
WIA requires a “one-stop” delivery system where state and local agency partners are tasked with delivering a universally accessible, integrated system of labor market information and education/training programs – free of charge. Once the WIB, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, determines a business need, personnel at the One-Stop Career Centers assist with recruiting and training employees. One-Stop Career Centers are accountable for the results of their work.
8. Where is my local One-Stop Career Center located?
The Bergen County One-Stop Career Center is located at 60 State Street in Hackensack.
9. What services does the One-Stop Career Center deliver?
Services for Employers
- Employee Search Assistance
- Hiring Programs
- Skills Training Programs
- Employer-Benefit Programs
- Labor Market Information
- Funding for Training
Services for Job Seekers
- Job Search Assistance
- Free Office Resources
- Resource Library
- Support Services
- Career Assistance
10. I am an employer. Where can I get more information on workforce training, grants, and related services for my business?
Information on workforce training, grants, and related services can be found under the Employer section of this Website.
11. I am a job seeker. Where can I obtain information about career education, workforce training, and grants?
Information about career education, workforce training, and grants can be found under the Job Seeker section of this Website.
12. I am a young person seeking employment. Where can I find information on resources to assist me in my career goals?
Information on resources to assist you in your career goals can be found under Youth Services section on this Website.
13. I am an individual with disabilities. Where can I find information on resources to assist me with my career goals?
Information on resources to assist you with your career goals can be found under Disability Services on this Website.
14. May I view minutes from past WIB meetings?
All minutes of Board meetings are made accessible shortly after each meeting and archived on the WIB’s Website.
15. I’m interested in becoming involved in the WIB. What do I do?
In addition to connecting individuals with available jobseeker, business, youth, and disability services, the WIB wants to hear from highly qualified business leaders interested in future service. Please contact us to express your interest.
16. What area does the WIB serve?
The Bergen County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) serves the geographic boundaries of Bergen County, New Jersey. The Bergen WIB serves as one of the 17 local boards throughout the State of New Jersey.
17. How can I find more information on the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and Workforce Investment Boards?
Additional information on WIA and Workforce Investment Boards can be found at the United States Department of Labor website.