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Get Skilled with YouthBuild!

The YouthBuild program will provide education, training, and hands-on work experience to young people between the ages of 16 and 24 from targeted zip codes within Wake County. It is designed for those who need to obtain a high school diploma or GED, and are facing other life challenges that make it difficult to find and retain meaningful work.

The construction industry is growing and offers many different career paths as individuals gain skills and experience. YouthBuild consists of project-based academic learning and construction skills training in preparation for career placement. Participants will learn by building or significantly renovating homes for low-income families or transitional housing for homeless families or individuals. Improving their own lives as well as impacting the lives of others in their community produces a win-win.

Click here if you’re interested in being contacted about Youthbuild and qualifications for the program.

 

Upcoming Career Pathways Events

Regional Events:

There will be three Career Pathway Working Groups meeting in early September. These groups are meeting to set annual goals for the regional pathway work.

Demand Driven/Data Informed and Career Awareness Working Group is meeting September 7th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh
Employer Engagement and Work-Based Learning Working Group is meeting September 11th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh
Articulation and Multiple Points of Entry Working Group is meeting September 11th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh

Local Events:

Updates on NCWorks Certified Career Pathways and strategies on how to continue to implement the pathways local will be shared at the Capital Area Workforce Development Board Partners Meetings in late September.

Johnston County Partners Meeting will be held on September 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the NCWorks Career Center, 8998 US-70 BUS, Clayton, NC 27520.
Wake County Partners Meeting time and location will be announced shortly.

Stay tuned for details!

 

Backpacks-2-Briefcases: College Grads Need Help, Too

Believe it or not, there’s a workforce program to help most every personal situation a person might find themselves in, regardless of age, experience, and background.

John was an NCSU college graduate working full-time, but making minimum wage in a job unrelated to his degree. It offered no pathway for him to reach his career goal in environmental sciences, so he signed up for B2B.

He quickly realized that there’s more to finding a job today than merely applying online. B2B introduced him to networking and interviewing with confidence. “I think that the johnmock interviews prepared me for my actual job interview. B2B also taught me invaluable research techniques that helped me succeed in my job search,” he said.

Immediately after one of the networking events B2B had, John was hired full time as an Air Quality Scientist with AECOM! Now he travels to industrial facilities throughout the southeast, collecting samples of emissions to determine if companies are in compliance with EPA and government regulations for air pollution standards.

Interested in B2B?  Contact Patrick.Buford@edsisolutions.com.

 

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IT Beginnings Class – Apply Here!

IT Beginnings is for young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 interested in tech careers. Employers across industries need tech professionals and IT Beginnings offers basic training and a certification that will allow young adults to continue their education in the field or obtain entry-level positions. In addition, participants will learn by touring Raleigh businesses, getting exposure to advanced technical training programs, as well as mentoring and internship opportunities.

IT Beginnings is free, but there is an application process as the class will be limited to 15 participants. The first class runs from August 18th to November 8th and will be held at 900 South Wilmington Street in Raleigh.

Applications are still be accepted for the next class.

CAWD, the City of Raleigh and Wake Tech are working together on the project and ongoing programming.

Click here for more information and to apply!

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Access Career Clusters & Pathways Guide Online

Choosing the right career requires linking what you know about yourself to information about jobs, education, and training requirements. The most comprehensive site to help career advisers, students, job seekers, and career changers do this is the NC CAREER CLUSTERS GUIDE, now accessible via CAWD’s home page.

The Interest Profiler identifies personal characteristics, strengths, and activities one enjoys then suggests different kinds of work the person should explore. Users can also take a “Reality Check” which suggests jobs based on a desired lifestyle and corresponding income necessary to financially support that lifestyle. Users are guided through more than 900 careers. Occupations within each cluster have similar knowledge and skill requirements, but when linked with the results from the Interest Profiler, are narrowed down to those which most closely match the person’s work-related interests.

Pathways, job descriptions, employment data, wages, and career stories from real people make this career guide a must-see for workforce stakeholders and partners.  Whether planning a future career or getting ready to enter the job market, getting a well-rounded understanding of what employers are looking for in job candidates is always helpful. The NC Career Clusters Guide can also be printed from the website.

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CAWD Welcomes Input on WIOA Plan

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires each Workforce Development Board (WDB) to develop and submit, in partnership with the local chief elected official, a comprehensive four-year plan to the state. We submitted ours in May, 2016. Annually, each WDB will provide updates to the four-year plan. The WIOA Program Year (PY) 2017 Plan will provide current information and be effective July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. The Comprehensive Four-Year Plan (PY 2016) is maintained and updated, as appropriate.

The public is invited to provide input and recommendations to assist in the design of Capital Area Workforce Development Board’s plan effective July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 that outlines strategies for coordinating workforce programs and services for Wake and Johnston counties.

Email recommendations to CAWD@wakegov.com with the subject line “WIOA Plan-Public Input” by 5 pm on Thursday, April 24, 2017.

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Wake County Inmate Employment & Education Initiative

More than 500 ex-offenders entered in the NCWorks system last program year, an indication of the necessity for employment services geared specifically for this population. CAWD already holds resource fairs featuring multiple community organizations at the Raleigh career center. Now, CAWD has assumed a lead role in helping the Wake County Detention Center provide more seamless workforce and support services for inmates serving short sentences at the center.

Participants should be able to progress through a series of offerings that help them with life skills, personal improvement, and prepare them for  long-term success in the work world.  Activities should lead to jobs that can support a family and offer career potential. Not only must inmates be able to access educational opportunities that lead to high school completion and post secondary credentials, the program must offer a sustainable transition and reentry process that ensures coordinated employment and supportive services for offenders released from detention.

NCWorks Career Centers will play an integral role during the incarceration period as well as after release.

 

 

 

 

Apprenticeship Business Summit

Apprenticeships are a time-tested method for recruiting and retaining new employees, and equipping them with the company-specific skills they’ll need to succeed in their industry. Capital Area Workforce Development Board and NCWorks are hosting an Apprenticeship Summit for local businesses and organizations to learn more about this exciting way to train a new workforce. An apprenticeship is a lucrative way for workers to learn new skills, adapt to a new company environment, and make money. Recruited employees spend an average of 2,000 hours training on the job, and 144 hours of classroom based instruction per year, with an “earn as you learn” pay scale. This event is designed for employers and business partners instead of stakeholders. If your business colleagues need help enhancing their talent pipeline, apprenticeships are effective in training for all industries. Work-based learning, such as internships, co-ops and apprenticeships, have proven to be beneficial for both employers and employees, as recruits are able to learn the skills needed to thrive within a specific company, organization, and industry.

Apprenticeship programs have proven economic results for employers and businesses across the world. Apprenticeships have a well-established history of success in Europe. A typical apprenticeship in England is estimated to raise an employer’s economic output by about $366 per week. A Swiss study found that employers in their country earn a net $300 million each year from the work apprentices do while training on the job. They are even proven to be effective in North America. A 2009 Canadian study found that, for every $1 Canadian businesses invested in apprenticeship programs, they could expect to receive $1.47 back.

This is a free event that will feature a panel of businesses to demonstrate how an apprenticeship program will help a company customize employees’ skills and training so as to best fit an organization, boost retention rates of employees, and make a positive return on investment for apprentices hired. Additional incentives for utilizing an apprenticeship program include saving money on overall wages and building a network of employees to fulfill labor demands. Join the discussion on work-based learning, and register today. This event will be held at the Embassy Suites in Cary on May 18.

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CAWD Launches Podcast Channel

To help the public better understand what we do, we have started a podcast channel! Workforce development can be a complicated story to tell since there are so many moving parts; multiple organizations, people, and businesses working in pursuit of a common goal – building a highly-skilled and efficient workforce. Podcasts are an up and coming method of digital communication, short audio stories that you can listen to in the car, at home, or wherever you go. Approximately 57 million people listen to podcasts every month!

CAWD will use podcasts to help tell the “who, what, where, and how” of workforce development’s impact on our citizens and business community. Reducing “government speak,” podcasts done in a conversational, personal, and casual manner can engage new audiences. Podcast interviews will feature CAWD staff, board members, job seekers, program participants, career center staff, and employers.

You can access podcasts from the Information page of our website or on Sound Cloud.  Be sure to follow our podcasts so that you don’t miss an episode! Have a topic suggestion? Let us know!