New Jersey

ESAC 2024

New Jersey

State of the State

New Jersey: State of the State

ESAC State Report 2024


  • Apprentice Office Details
    • Michael Blatt – State Director
    • John Martinez – Apprenticeship & Training Representative (ATR)
    • Joseph Mancini – Apprenticeship & Training Representative (ATR)
    • Huiching (Chris) Lee – Apprenticeship & Training Representative (ATR)
    • Nicole Field – – Apprenticeship & Training Representative (ATR)


US Department of Labor, ETA Office of Apprenticeship

Metro Star Plaza, Suite 201A

190 Middlesex Essex Turnpike

Iselin, New Jersey 08830



Key Initiatives

The USDOL Office of Apprenticeship in New Jersey will focus on the primary goal of establishing new and expanding on existing registered apprenticeship programs. The key strategies that the USDOL New Jersey Office of Apprenticeship will employ over the next year to accomplish these goals include Outreach, Promotion, Education and Expansion of traditional and non-traditional apprenticeable occupations such as K-12 teacher, health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, transportation and logistics, financial support services, and construction sectors. By Better aligning secondary, post-secondary, adult education, and occupational training to meet labor demands unique to New Jersey. The team in the New Jersey OA office continually seeks to create career opportunities for underserved populations as well as identifying new sponsors and stakeholders both in industry and with our partners on the state level to increase the number of Programs and Apprentices in New Jersey.




Statistics FY24

  • Number of Apprentices 8658 Active EOP
  • Number of New Apprentices 1100 FY24
  • Number of Completed Apprentices 752 FY24
  • Number of Sponsors 1297
  • Number New Sponsors 107



State Partnerships

The NJ Office continues to work with the NJ Dept of Labor and Workforce Development to develop and sustain programs that have received funding through the New Jersey Growing Apprenticeship in Nontraditional Sectors (GAINS) grant as well as connecting Pre-Apprenticeship programs to Registered Apprenticeship through the Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education (PACE) grant program.





Workforce Partnerships

Our workforce partnerships include Relationships with Unions, Employers, our State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) Partners in the surrounding states, Veteran Agencies, Sector Partners, Community Colleges, Community Organizations, New Jersey Department of Workforce & Development (LWD), New Jersey State Employment Training Commission (SETC), Department of Education, Department of Corrections, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Department of Defense, Rutgers University, and the One Stop Career Centers.


Notable Achievements

The USDOL New Jersey OA Office continues to create and expand opportunities with the Bergen, Hudson, Morris, Camden, and Ocean County Community Colleges by creating programs in Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Culinary and traditional construction-based occupations. The New Jersey OA Office continues to work with the NJ DOE, NJ Dept. of Health as well as the NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development to increase the use of RA as a workforce development solution to Public Sector entities as well as linking career opportunities to students enrolled in approved CTE programs of study. In partnership with the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission and Mercer County College, the OA Office in New Jersey is developing a registered apprenticeship program in barbering and carpentry specifically designed for justice-involved youth. Similarly, collaborations with Gloucester County Institute of Technology are underway to establish programs in plumbing, electrical work, and HVAC. In collaboration with the Native American Advancement Corporation, The OA -New Jersey office is developing a Tree Trimmer Registered Apprenticeship program. Some additional programs in the state have been with ShopRite Super Markets for Pharmacy Technicians and deli slicers, Heritage Dairy Stores for the occupation of Assistant Manager. United Airlines at their Newark, NJ Hub and Arc of Springfield NJ developing the 1st program dedicated solely to IWD’s high functioning individuals in the custodian occupation.


Upcoming Events

National Youth Apprenticeship Week

Construction Industry Career Day