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More about Targeted Industry Partnerships (TIPs)

This page will answer some of the frequently asked questions regarding Targeted Industry Partnerships (TIPs).

What are Targeted Industry Partnerships (TIPs)?

Targeted Industry Partnerships, known as TIPs, are regional autonomous groups organized and facilitated by Talent Networks and led by industry employers. TIPs comprise local Workforce Development Boards, educational institutions, training providers, employers, and other stakeholders focusing on workforce development issues within specific key industries.

Where and how often do TIPs meet?

Each Talent Network will convene TIP meetings bi-monthly or quarterly in three designated geographic areas (North, Central and South regions) to identify key industry workforce needs and develop a customized strategy to address those needs. Meeting locations will vary from colleges, businesses, Talent Development Centers, and Workforce Development Board locations.

What is the level of commitment required?

Members of regional TIPs are requested to attend as many meetings as possible throughout the year. No membership investments or dues are required to join a TIP. Companies can sponsor signature events, luncheons, or breakfast meetings at their request. TIP volunteers are ask to “give where you can.”

Where does the information from TIPs meetings go?

Each TIP will partner with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to synthesize information from employers, Workforce Development Boards, educational institutions, training providers and other stakeholders about the regional workforce needs, challenges, opportunities and trends. This information will help to identify key industry workforce needs and develop a customized strategy to address those needs. Key data will strengthen the industry by creating pathways with varying access points for jobseekers at different skill/educational levels. Finally, it will align industry training with credentials that industry employer’s desire.