About Us

Genesee County Job Development Bureau

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Background

The Genesee County Job Development Bureau (GCJDB) was founded in October 1973 originally under the name of “Manpower”.  The Job Development Bureau’s purpose is to provide programs and services which will result in our customers becoming self-sufficient, achieving their career goals, and becoming part of the skilled workforce of Genesee County and the surrounding labor market area.  As a partner in the Career Center, the Job Development Bureau staff assists a broad range of customers providing services as part of the seamless workforce development system.

We provide direct services to unemployed and under employed adults, those without a HS Diploma, out of school youth, public assistance recipients and others who have barriers inhibiting them from securing and retaining employment.

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We provide Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services through the GLOW Workforce Development Board to:

  • Adults
  • Dislocated Workers
  • Youth
  • Trade Adjustment Act Assistance (job loss as a result of increased imports)

These services include career assessment, work readiness, career counseling and case management, occupational skills and post-secondary training, support, mentoring, work experience, placement and retention assistance, and follow-up services.             

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We offer a Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) with funding through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This program introduces youth to the workforce and helps them acquire skills that can be used to improve school performance and become responsible adults. This program also provides youth with income and experience in the workforce.

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We have several contracts for additional services including:
  • Access – VR – Core Services
  • DSS – Working to Success Program
  • DSS – Foster Care Independent Living Program
  • Social Security Ticket to Work Program
 
And we offer customized solutions to employers:
  • Assessment
  • Screening
  • Subsidized training & work experience trials
  • Talent matching

We are a partner in the Genesee County Career Center offering:
  • Tools, resources, and assistance for job seekers and career advancement
  • Access to education and training
  • Labor Market Information
  • Career guidance and planning
  • Resource Room
  • Referrals
  • Workshops
  • Recruitments
  • Job Fairs
  • Service collaboration

The Job Development Bureau services result in an improved economic
as well as social environment for Genesee County residents and businesses.

Vision
Be the vibrant place to be while creating yourself and developing your livelihood

Be the place where all people can learn about themselves and their potential,
the world of work, and the myriad of career opportunities, 
identify values to set financial & career goals, 
design a plan to obtain
the necessary skills & training, 
then get and keep the job, and climb the career ladder with balance.

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Mission

Our goal is to: 
Help people discover their potential and
support them in reaching their career goals and prosperity;
while assisting businesses by providing driven and trained candidates to fill their needs.
We address barriers to employment, ignite stagnant careers and
create pipelines of skilled workers for businesses to prosper.

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Values
We provide EXCELLENCE in SERVICE to our customers
We work in COLLABORATION with center and community partners
We meet our goals and obligations by WORKING TOGETHER
We are ACCOUNTABLE to each other, our funders, and our clients

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Championing the Cause
Employers need to hire the right workers and workers need to build the right skillsets to get hired. Workforce development happens when businesses, community leaders and other groups take specific actions to connect the dots between job seekers, training programs and employers.

We have developed a comprehensive, accessible, and high-quality workforce development system which strengthens the Genesee County economy by identifying skill gaps between jobseekers and
employment opportunities, fostering data-driven decision making, and connecting workforce development partners into a cohesive, collaborative and effective network.

We will continue to work to better align these systems with education, training and
economic development initiatives to create a collective response to labor market challenges.
Our goal is to improve the quality of our workforce, increase self-sufficiency,
meet hiring needs for employers and connect job seekers with careers or
the training opportunities and supports they need to be successful.

When a job seeker, worker, or business walks into our Career Center
looking for help,
they deserve excellent service.
The Genesee County Job Development Bureau “brand” is associated with excellence
that our customers can easily recognize as a high-quality experience.

We offer opportunities for employers and job seekers to connect on a regular basis. Our aim is to connect people with training programs and jobs to help them succeed at any stage in life. Resources are available to job seekers from all backgrounds, regardless of past work history or educational attainment. Whether new to the job market or ready to seek fresh opportunities, we are here to help.

GLOW Award recipients and Job Development Staff
WIOA Award Winners and Job Development Staff

The Job Development Bureau receives its direction through the Genesee County Legislature, NYS Department of Labor, GLOW Workforce Development Board, and the Human Service Advocacy Committee.  Genesee County does not provide any direct local funding to the Job Development Bureau.  The County does provide in-kind services, which enable the Bureau to use more of its Federal and State funding on services directly benefiting our customers.  The GLOW Workforce Development Board members donate their time in partnership with the Chief Elected Officials of the GLOW Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Area providing oversight, setting the policies and approving annual programs and operating plans.


The Job Development Bureau is an active partner in the  Genesee County Interagency Council,
the Health and Human Services Focus Group,  GLOW Workforce Development Board, GLOW Emerging Worker Council, Genesee County Youth Bureau Board, Genesee Region Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, GLOW with Your Hands Committee, Juvenile Justice Committee, 
Batavia Housing Authority Board,  Job Corps Community Relations and
Workforce Council, and the Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee.