Since 2014, A-Plus Consulting has been connecting businesses with qualified professionals through apprenticeship and temporary staffing solutions. Their focus on diversity and innovation has earned them certifications as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, ensuring quality and compliance. A-Plus Apprentice® offers pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in various fields, while A-Plus Naturals provides natural immunity-boosting nutraceuticals for pets and humans.


Human Resources Consulting

A-Plus-Consulting provides recruiting and screening of candidates, onboarding, performance management, assessments, coaching, leadership development, professional development, on-the-job training, career pathways, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training. Additionally, the firm provides temporary staffing, outreach, administrative support staffing, and has a partnership with Newark Public Schools to assist 50 students in various training programs. The consulting services encompass a wide range of areas such as e-commerce, digital marketing, graphic design, medical billing and coding, painting, tree care, and landscaping.

These services are aimed at enhancing organizational effectiveness through talent development and recruitment strategies. The firm offers diverse solutions like leadership and organizational assessments to help companies make informed decisions in talent selection and development.

The consultant has extensive experience in human resources management across different industries and specialize in areas such as employee relations, policies, compliance, talent acquisition, leadership development, and performance coaching.

Construction industry

A-Plus-Consulting has past performance as a prime contractor in various construction projects. We have provided pavement markings for The Port Authority of NYNJ and VRH Construction Corp, paint supplies, signs, and traffic parts to Hudson County, and temporary jobsite signage for AECOM Hunt and VRH Construction. This experience has equipped us with a deep understanding of client needs in diverse industries, enabling us to assist clients in delivering projects punctually and within budget.

Services may expand to include:

Advertising services, business administration of patient reimbursement programs; business analysis and business strategic planning services in the technology industry; business consultation concerning the effects of terrestrial weather, space weather and atmospheric science on business functions and efficiencies; business management advice; charitable services, namely, organizing and developing projects to promote awareness of tree and environmental conservation; charitable services, namely, providing a free online resource in the nature of a website for connecting people who have service needs with people who are willing to provide volunteer services; consulting services in the area of sustainable business solutions; healthcare management service organization (MSO) services, namely, providing practice organization, management and administrative support services to individual physicians or small group practices.

Institutional retail pharmacy services; marketing and branding services, namely, providing customized communication programs to obtain consumer insights and develop branding strategies; marketing consulting services relating to long-term business strategy development for nonprofit organizations; medical cost management; mobile advertising services for others; placing advertisements for others; procurement services, namely, procurement of contracts for others for the purchase of energy; promoting a series of films for others; promoting the goods and services of others by providing a website featuring coupons, rebates, price-comparison information, product reviews, links to the retail websites of others, and discount information; providing and rental of advertising space on the internet; providing information in the field of nursing careers via the Internet; providing online business risk management service for use in project management; providing voice overs for commercials; retail store services featuring telecommunications, electric and utility services of others; writing of curriculum vitae for others; writing of resumes for others.

Management Experience

With over 20 years of diverse management experience spanning healthcare, pharmaceuticals, construction, and food & beverage industries, the Helena van der Merwe is a seasoned leader adept at innovation, strategy, marketing, coaching, mentoring, and training across high school, undergraduate, and MBA levels. She excels in recruiting and placing candidates in full-time positions and have served as an instructor in the Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) during the summers of 2019, 2021, and 2023, achieving success with an all-winning high school student team.

  • 20+ years of management experience in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, construction, and food & beverage.
  • Experienced leader, innovator, strategist, marketer, coach, mentor and trainer of high school, undergraduate, and MBA students.
  • Expertise in recruiting and placement for full-time roles.
  • Instructor in Summer 2019, 2021 and 2023 Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) that produced an all-winning high school student team.

Training and development

StreetWise 'MBA'™ powered by Interise and sponsored by Invest Newark (part-time 2023)

  • A program by Interise supporting established small businesses in low-income communities or minority-owned businesses.
  • Businesses powered by Interise experience revenue growth, job creation, and procurement success.

Construction Management Certificate sponsored by PANYNJ, Regional Alliance for Small Contractors, and PACE University (part-time 2023)

  • Provides training in construction management skills through a partnership with various organizations.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor (OSHA) 30 training for construction – sponsored by L&M Development Partners LLC (part-time 2022)

  • OSHA 30 training focusing on safety in construction, sponsored by L&M Development Partners LLC.

NJ Innovation Future of Work Accelerator program (part-time 2021-2022)

  • A program aimed at fostering innovation in the future of work in New Jersey.

Grow your business with offshore wind, Foundation 2 Blade (part-time 2022)

  • Training program focused on expanding businesses in the offshore wind industry.

Construction Contractor Training, AECOM Tishman, New York City, NY (part-time 2019)

  • Training provided by AECOM Tishman in construction contracting skills.

Construction Contractor Training, Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program, New Jersey Schools Development Authority (NJSDA), Newark, NJ (part-time 2018)

  • Training program aimed at enhancing skills for small, minority, and women-owned businesses in construction contracting.

EPI8 (Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative), Rutgers, The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Newark, NJ, USA (part-time 2016)

  • Entrepreneurship program focusing on urban entrepreneurship and economic development.

MBL (Master of Business Leadership), University of South Africa, South Africa (part-time 1990-1994)

  • Master's degree program in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.

Diploma in Marketing Management from Damelin, South Africa

  • Diploma program focusing on marketing management skills.

M Sc in Pharmacology from Potchefstroom University for CHE, South Africa (1984-1986)

  • Master of Science degree specializing in Pharmacology.

B Pharm from Potchefstroom University for CHE, South Africa (1980-1983)

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education.

These credentials reflect a diverse educational background and training experience spanning various fields such as business leadership, entrepreneurship, construction management, safety training, and academic degrees in pharmacology and pharmacy.


  • Merit Award, Marketing Management, Damelin, South Africa

  • Honors Award for top student, Damelin, South Africa

  • Rewarded and recognized for communication and leadership in the release of ground breaking clinical trial results, sanofi USA

  • Business to Government certificate

  • InnovateHER NJ Finalist

  • New Jersey state certification – WBE

  • New Jersey state certification – SBE

  • New York State certification – WBE

  • New York City certification – WBE

  • The Port Authority of NY and NJ certifications – ACDBE/DBE/WBE

  • SBA certifications (federal government) – US DOT DBE/WOSB/EDWOSB

  • Construction Contractor Training Program – NJSDA

  • OSHA 30 certificate


  • Van der Merwe, JHD and Van Rooyen JA.1988. The effect of domperidone on the absorption of paracetamol. SA Journal Science, 84:431.

  • MBL Research report 1995: Factors influencing general practitioners in prescribing generic medicine.

  • Van der Merwe JHD. 2015. Evolution of a blogger. FeedFront Magazine, Oct. 2015.

  • Richard N. Cliver; Natalia Castro; Thais Russomano; Gaetano Lardieri; Lindsay Quarrie; Helena van der Merwe; Maribel Vazquez. 2022. Antioxidants derived from natural products reduce radiative damage in cultured retinal glia to prevent oxidative stress; Neuroglia, 3(3), 84-98. https://doi.org/10.3390/neuroglia3030006

Human Resources Clients

  • Audible

  • Kiswe Mobile

  • Local 3 Labor Union

  • Mitsubishi Trust

  • Morrison Technologies, Inc.

  • NJIT Student Career Services

  • Northwell Health

  • Org-Ology

  • Phone.com

  • PSE&G

  • TMForum

  • Weeks Marine

  • Blackstone Consulting

Construction Clients

  • AECOM Hunt

  • Hudson County

  • The Port Authority of NY and NJ

  • Sherwin-Williams

  • VRH Construction Corp

  • Visual Citi

  • Newark Workforce Development Board

A-Plus-Consulting LLC

211 Warren Street
Newark, NJ, 07103

Helena van der Merwe
Phone: 855-APLUSCO or 855-275-8726