What is Strategic Workforce Development?
The demand for highway construction, maintenance, and operations workers is growing while industry is experiencing a revolution of emerging technologies that will require new skills. To attract and retain workers in the contractors' workforce, new resources are available to help compete with other industries and demonstrate the value of a career in transportation.
An Industry and Public Workforce Collaboration
Government agencies, trade organizations, private agencies, and communities nationwide need new, collaborative approaches to meeting this challenge. The nation depends on the highway system, and the highway system depends on qualified workers.
Additionally, increasing the contractors' construction workforce can help communities thrive while solving one of today's most persistent national transportation problems. It also offers an opportunity to recruit minorities and women to jobs that can change their lives, and the lives of their families, for the better.
Effective Solutions. Advancing the lessons learned through the highway construction workforce pilot offers the transformational ideas and support needed to fill the gaps in the workforce.
Proven Training. Training programs, practices, and tools from across the country are available to help plan workforce development activities.
Flexibility. Free materials are available to support workforce marketing efforts. Posters, flyers, mailer cards, and social media graphics can be customized with local contact information.
Learn more about this EDC-7 Innovation.
NJ's Strategic Workforce Development
Stage of Innovation:
With this initiative, NJDOT seeks to: expand the focus of activities to meet additional workforce development needs in NJ; implement a training program to capture skills gaps and institutional knowledge at both the technical and management levels; develop Union/Federal Partnerships with outside sources (FHWA, others) to provide skill-specific training to develop and add skills; and expand resources to respond to staffing needs, retention efforts, and training objectives.
Previously, NJDOT has partnered with other States to discuss challenges related to construction workforce development and on-the-job training. Additionally, NJDOT has met with New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) and has scheduled a meeting with representatives of Unions.
NJDOT will meet with Unions and Vocational Schools to discuss the needs of the construction industry and matching education and training to those needs, as well as supporting trainees through pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. NJDOT will explore programs, grants, and other resource opportunities available through the NJ Department of Labor. Development of a Strategic Action Plan will assist with defining short- and long-term activities, and identify and assign roles and responsibilities to advance the initiative. These steps will assist in identification of solutions for workforce recruitment and retention.
Strategic Workforce Development: NEW & NOTEWORTHY
Strategic Workforce Development Online Recordings & Presentations
Exploring Strategic Workforce Development: NJDOT’s Youth Corps Urban Gateway Enhancement Program
Exploring Strategic Workforce Development – Model Programs, Partnerships and Lessons from Oregon
Exploring Strategic Workforce Development: An Interview with NJDOT’s Human Resources
Exploring Strategic Workforce Development in NJ: An Interview with the IUOE Local 825
Exploring Strategic Workforce Development: An Interview with the Office of Apprenticeship, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL)