Research Topics

U.S. Labor Market & Industry

From 2007 to 2009, the central and northern New Jersey regions were each awarded a $5 million, three-year U.S. Department of Labor Generation III WIRED grant to implement regional innovations focused on key industries. The Bio-1 WIRED project, focused in central New Jersey, was designed to retain and expand the number of high-quality jobs in central New Jersey’s bioscience sector by coordinating the efforts of the workforce development, education, economic development, and employer communities.

From 2007 to 2009, the central and northern New Jersey regions were each awarded a $5 million, three-year U.S. Department of Labor Generation III WIRED grant to implement regional innovations focused on key industries. The Bio-1 WIRED project, focused in central New Jersey, was designed to retain and expand the number of high-quality jobs in central New Jersey’s bioscience sector by coordinating the efforts of the workforce development, education, economic development, and employer communities.

From 2001 to 2009, through a statewide effort led by the State Employment and Training Commission, the Heldrich Center profiled the key occupational and skill needs of over a dozen industries and areas of work in New Jersey and provided recommendations for workforce and education providers to better align their services with industry workforce needs.

From 2008 to 2009, as a part of a previous iteration of the TLD Talent Network project in conjunction with a North Jersey Partners WIRED-funded initiative, the Heldrich Center worked to identify new curricula critical to the development of a workforce pipeline to meet immediate industry needs as identified by interviews with TLD industry employers, feedback from roundtable events, and an Industry Workforce Advisory Council.

The Heldrich Center developed a number of print and online career awareness tools that education and workforce providers can use to educate students about careers in the public transportation industry. These tools include a visual “map” of job groups and key occupations in the industry and a comprehensive guide to public transportation occupations. These tools will be disseminated broadly to postsecondary institutions and other stakeholders in order to help career guidance personnel to inform students about careers.