Bergen County Workforce Development Board

Bergen WDB

Think of the Bergen County Workforce Development Board (Bergen WDB) as your link to the public workforce system, a local expert on workforce development matters, and fellow innovators of workforce solutions.

The Bergen WDB does not operate programs or provide direct services — it is a business-led policy, planning, and oversight body that supports employment-related programs for youth, adult workers, and businesses.

The Bergen WDB works to:

  • Identify workforce issues
  • Convene partners to develop a strategy
  • Get the right organizations to implement the strategy
  • Monitor the process and measure its outcomes

The Bergen WDB is committed to bridging the gap between job seekers and employers and ensuring that the employers’ needs for skilled workers and the workers’ needs for career and economic advancement are continually being met.

Workforce Development Boards

Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) are federally established by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to oversee the public workforce system in local communities.

The primary role of WDBs is planning and oversight for workforce programs and services funded under the WIOA and delivered through One-Stop Career Centers (nationally known as American Job Centers or AJCs).

In addition to overseeing the publicly-funded workforce system, WDBs are responsible for coordinating the work of various agencies and connecting businesses to the talent they need.

The WIOA empowers local WDBs to bring key stakeholders together to understand the national, regional, and local workforce, and to design targeted strategies that are responsive to the needs of both employers and employees (such as employment, training and employment support services).

The goal of the WDB is to ensure that there is a workforce ready and equipped with the skills necessary to obtain and retain jobs in high-demand occupations.

Public Announcements & Documents

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Bergen WDB Meeting Announcement

In response to the state of emergency in New Jersey regarding COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”), the Regular Meeting of the Bergen County Workforce Development Board on September 2, 2020, will be held electronically utilizing the Zoom video-conferencing platform. Formal action may be taken. The meeting is open remotely to the public to follow along and participate during the public portion of the meeting. To attend the meeting, please request access by contacting Carol Polack at carpol@bergen.org or at 201-343-8830 x4093. As part of your request please provide your full name and email address. Requests must be submitted by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Once a request is received, you will be sent an email invitation that will include a Zoom link that will enable you to connect to the meeting.

Bergen WDB Policies & Bylaws

Bergen WDB Membership

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Bergen WDB Minutes

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Requests for Proposals

We are not soliciting proposals at this time. 

Workforce Plans

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One-Stop Operator Contract

Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDB) to use a competitive process for the selection of a One-Stop Operator for the workforce system. The Bergen County Job Center (One-Stop Career Center Operator) contracted Bergen County Technical Schools (expiring June 30, 2021) as the One-Stop Operator.

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Individual Training Account (ITA) Contracts

Clients choose their course of study in accordance with the State’s Demand Occupation List. All schools (training providers) are approved by the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

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On-the-Job Training (OJT) Contracts

Employment counselors work with prospective employees to match them with open positions in local firms. The Job Center  then reimburses employers for some of the costs associated with training the new employee in form of an On-the-Job Training contract.

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Out-of-School Youth Contract

Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDB) to use a competitive process for the selection of the program partners. Bergen County contracted with Greater Bergen Community Action (expiring June 30, 2021) as the Out-of-School Youth program partner.

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WFNJ Contract

Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDB) to use a competitive process for the selection of the program partners. Bergen County contracted with the Women’s Rights Information Center (expiring June 30, 2020) as the WorkFirst NJ (WFNJ) program partner.