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Opportunity Partnership Program for Jobseekers

Need training for a specific job?

The Opportunity Partnership Program may be your answer.

The Opportunity Partnership training program helps you secure industry-specific employment by providing practical job readiness training in occupational or credential areas.

Employers have identified specific skills or credentials that are required before you are considered eligible for positions within their company.

Training providers encourage employer partners to hire their newly trained jobseekers by assisting them with the costs of their training.

You get job readiness classroom, and in some cases, practical training with an opportunity to learn a new skill and land a job.

How to participate in the Opportunity Partnership training program

  • You must register at one of New Jersey's One-Stop Career Centers and meet the following criteria:
    • If you are authorized to work in the US, and
      • you were terminated or laid off, eligible for unemployment insurance benefits or exhausted unemployment insurance benefits within the last 52 weeks; or
      • you lost your job from permanent closure or substantial layoff from a plant, facility, or enterprise; or
      • you were self-employed and now unemployed because of economic conditions or natural disaster; or
      • you are displaced homemaker - an individual who was dependent on the income of another family member and is no longer supproted by the income of that family member;
      • you are a non-retiree military service member who was discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable, or has received a notice of military separation issued in advance of 180 days; or
      • you are a spouse of a member of the armed forces on active duty who is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment; or
      • you are the dependent spouse of a member of the armed forces on active duty and whose family income is significantly reduced because of a deployment, al call or order to active duty, or service-connected death or disability of the service member.
  • You must be receiving employment counseling by approved job counselors, seeking training services, and make an application for such services at your local One-Stop Career Center.
  • You may not self-enroll prior to the approval from the job counselors.
  • Upon selection into an industry-specific training program, you may interview and make arrangements with employers during training depending on the complexity of skills that you may learn. Training periods vary.
  • You may get hired following training and have a greater chance of being exactly what the employer needs from the onset.

Our training providers know employers who have specific employment needs. They will work to find suitable opportunities for you. Employers will make the final hiring decision.

The Opportunity Partnership training program helps you rebuild your personal economic situation while you help rebuild New Jersey's economy. To learn if the Opportunity Partnership training program is right for you, please visit your local One-Stop Career Center.