Rutgers Employment Success Program students attend a tour of NJIT’s Makerspace lab.

NJDOT’s “Innovation Spotlight” recently interviewed Mr. Todd Pisani, training director of CAIT’s Rutgers Employment Success Program, that is running several strategic workforce development programs designed to help vulnerable populations in and around Camden, NJ start careers in the transportation industry.

The Rutgers Employment Success Program (previously the Rutgers Youth Success Program) housed in the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), supports 120 youth from underserved populations in and around Camden, NJ, with job readiness, career exposure, work experience, education, legal services, and more.

The Program is funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development (NJDOL) and is growing, most recently launching a Pre-Apprenticeship in Career Education (PACE) course for young people interested in heavy equipment operations.

Rutgers Employment Success Program (RESP) staff work directly with vulnerable populations in the state — including individuals from historically underserved communities, returning citizens, or otherwise justice impacted people — to address employment barriers in the transportation field.

By the end of 2024, RESP anticipates serving 400 individuals across New Jersey through its professional mentorship, pre-apprenticeship training, career exposure, wraparound support, and other offerings.

Read the full story and interview with Todd in NJDOT’s Innovation Spotlight.