Research Topics

Workforce Policy & Practice

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.

The Heldrich Center and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City are collaborating on a new project that features a national conference and an edited book.

National Conference. Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City and the Heldrich Center, was held October 15-17, 2014.

The Heldrich Center is working with the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) on a paper that discusses the challenges facing older workers in accessing services under the public workforce system. The research brief will be included in CAEL’s final report to the U.S. Department of Labor, the culmination of CAEL’s role in providing technical assistance to the USDOL Aging Worker Initiative pilot sites.

In 2005, the Heldrich Center worked closely with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its Center for Workforce Preparation (CWP) to look more closely at challenges its members were facing in light of an aging U.S. population and aging workforce. During this engagement, the Heldrich Center provided Chamber members with advance findings of a nationwide survey on retirement options as part of their ‘Voice of Business on the Mature Workforce’ conference. The final report, A Work-Filled Retirement, attracted widespread national and international media attention when it was released in August.

In 2010, the Heldrich Center, in collaboration with the National Governors Association (NGA), conducted a study of state policies that promote the alignment of higher education with workforce and economic development needs. The study report concluded that community colleges, four-year institutions, and research universities can make a more significant contribution to future economic growth by bringing their educational programs more closely in line with fast-changing market demand.