A new initiative led by local nonprofits aims to connect Camden residents in need of work with employers looking for candidates.

Camden Works, being launched as a four-year pilot program, will connect local candidates with job training programs, and eventually, match them with companies with job openings that match their skills. Job training could cover anything from motivational interviewing to trauma-informed care. The program will also provide social services to assist candidates in overcoming employment barriers.

The program was established by Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the State of New Jersey NAACP, Latin America Economic Development Association, Center for Family Services, Hopeworks and Camden County Workforce Development Board. It will be in part run by a team of Advisory Partners, including residents and religious and business leaders, and funded privately.

“Camden Works will optimize how we connect Camden’s richly diverse and talented workforce to tremendous companies looking for particular skillsets,” said Camden Mayor Frank Moran.

As the program grows, leaders will monitor progress using full- and part-time job placement, knowledge, behavior and beliefs of job-seekers.

To explore Camden Works opportunities, click here.

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