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Garden State Employment and Training Association Board Plans for the Future of Workforce Development

The Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) invited me to facilitate their July Board Retreat, which included Executive Directors and Managers from Workforce Development Boards and One Stop offices from across New Jersey.  I was excited to accept this opportunity to discuss the future of workforce development in my home state. 

Rick Maher at GSETAThrough Board member’s evaluation of the organization’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, all within the context of the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, we witnessed a very engaged group who, with few if any exceptions, began to demonstrate a willingness to re-imagine and explore the potential of the Association.  Key themes for the event included innovation, system building, employer engagement, partnership development, and the strengthening of a talent pipeline for New Jersey. 

GSETA members present stated that they were able to walk away from the event with some important outcomes:

  1. Recognition of the shared interests and frustrations
  2. A SWOT review that led to increased engagement and energy to move forward
  3. Better understanding of the potential value of the organization
  4. Consensus around organizational goals, and newly identified opportunities
  5. A renewed mandate to align workforce, education, and economic development around customers/ businesses

The folks I had a chance to work with in New Jersey are engaged and interested.  They WANT to do a great job with serving both customers and businesses, and they are willing to consider change in order to realize their vision for a post-WIOA world for workforce development. We wish them all the best as they push forward from this start!

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