The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) maintains a Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS). For over 10 years, NJLWD has contracted with the Heldrich Center to maintain the current WLDS. In 2012, NJLWD was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (federal WDQI) to support the expansion of the WLDS. To support NJLWD and State of New Jersey efforts, the Heldrich Center is currently working with NJLWD to obtain state administrative data files for WLDS and to manage the data in WLDS to support data analyses.
In 2014, the Heldrich Center conducted research that explored a range of issues related to skills training and education for older workers, including the challenges older workers face when deciding whether to enroll in education and training programs, and, if so, how to choose a program and pay for it. A project report and brief (both available below) examine the vast array of education and training options at postsecondary institutions, employers, and community-based organizations, and the resources available to help older workers make informed selections.