The Middlesex County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is a public/private partnership, formed through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. This federal legislation created workforce investment boards throughout the country, to enable the workforce development system to be demand-driven and responsive to the needs of employers and workers. In October 1999, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders appointed members to the Middlesex County WIB.
The mission of the Middlesex County Workforce Investment Board is to provide the leadership and direction that mobilizes all workforce investment resources to create a workforce system that is built on quality standards, strong interagency collaboration and innovative technology so that every employer and resident has access to and benefits from the workforce programs and services needed to do business and succeed in the workplace.
Resources are leveraged in Middlesex County to create a seamless integrated workforce network that effectively bridges interagency programs and services and capitalizes on technology so that every employer and resident has access to workforce programs and services, to do business and to succeed in the workplace.
Among its many accomplishments, the WIB has
- Created a menu of Business Services to be offered in the Business Resource Center at the One Stop Career Center in New Brunswick.
- Developed Labor Market Information reports to help Middlesex County businesses navigate the current economic and labor environment.
- Directed the provision of WIA training programs to Middlesex County residents since 2003
- Provided career exploration and/or training programs through community agencies or educational institutions since 2003.
- Sponsored Youth Career Awareness Days at high schools throughout Middlesex County.
- Created and distributed Youth Pocket Resumes to students creating their first resumes, Youth Yellow Pages, and established a youth career website.
The Middlesex County WIB was also the first in the state to form a permanent Literacy Committee. Under the auspices of the WIB, and with the generous support of the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Middlesex County Community Learning Center opened its doors in February 2003, to provide literacy services to all county residents. Due to funding cuts in 2012, the Community Learning Center had to close.