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.
CAWD is working with the Wake County Commissioners and Wake County Detention Center on a permanent program to reduce inmate recidivism with employment and education services. The Wake County Inmate Employment & Education Initiative (WCIEEI) brings back services previously cut during the recession. While there are organizations that offer stand-alone assistance, the WCIEEI will be a coordinated effort of agencies, community organizations, and businesses that are committed to successful transition and reentry of ex-offenders.
The proposed plan has an intake process that includes a risk assessment, needs identification, basic education testing, and goal-setting. Once a case manager is assigned, goals are further developed, a reentry plan is established, and classes are assigned. Classes will ideally be educational and affect behavioral change, such as substance abuse education, anger management, and domestic violence alongside GED prep, basic skills, and computer literacy. Once released, participants are linked to NCWorks Career Centers for training, work experience and jobs. Wake County Human Services, housing, and other supportive services will also be available after release.
It costs millions each year to house inmates at Wake County’s detention center. Successful employment is key to reducing recidivism and housing costs. CAWD’s proposed WCIEEI plan gives inmates a significant head start in areas that will help them reintegrate into the community. Getting the education and skills necessary to find jobs with wages that can support a family reduces the odds of their return to justice system.
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.
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!
Workforce development impacts the economic landscape of the region. The Triangle Regional Career Pathways Collaborative, which consists of CAWD, Durham, and Kerr-Tar workforce development boards, is holding it’s first professional development series for those who have a role in career advisement.
Career Development Coordinators (CDCs) from the region’s public schools and career advisers from community colleges will join workforce development professionals for a 1/2 day program about where the jobs are, where the jobs will be, regional trends affecting the type of workers businesses are looking for, and much more.
One of the main highlights will be a Q&A with individuals that work in high-demand occupations within the region’s target industries. This will enable attendees to gauge real-world knowledge, skills, abilities, personal qualities and attitudes necessary to excel in those careers.
If your career advisers would like to attend, they can register here.
CAWD holds a kick-off event for career center staff and contractors at the beginning of each fiscal year. We want to provide the right conditions for everyone to give of their best each day so that they contribute to the organizations success with an enhanced sense of their own value and well-being. Typically, there is a theme selected by the staff to encourage buy-in and participation, while CAWD’s One-Stop team develops the agenda and supporting activities.
This year’s event stresses policy, pathways, and performance! Full understanding, acknowledgement, and enforcement of policies and processes not only support the integrated service model, but put customers in the best possible position to receive what they need, when they need it.
Part of CAWD’s career pathways work involves education and professional development for front-line staff for the purpose of helping them to better inform customers about career choices. For example, time and money can be wasted on certifications that are of little to no value to employers. If staff know which cert’s are desirable for which positions, they can lead the customer in the right direction and increase the individual’s marketability.
In the end, we want to impact performance. Team members that are fully absorbed in and enthusiastic about their work are more likely to do what it takes to further the organization’s goals and those of customers.
Capital Area Workforce Development Board and NCWorks are hosting an Apprenticeship Summit for local businesses and organizations to learn a more effective way to recruit and train new employees. Apprenticeships allow workers to learn new skills, adapt to a new company environment, and earn a living wage. An average of 2,000 hours are spent training on the job along with 144 hours of classroom-based instruction per year, with an “earn as you learn” pay scale.
Apprenticeships are a time-tested tool to recruit and train a workforce, with proven economic results for the employer. They have thrived for decades in Europe. An 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. A 2009 Canadian study found that, for every $1 Canadian businesses invested in apprenticeship programs, they could expect to receive $1.47 back!
This FREE business event will feature a panel of company reps with apprenticeship programs. Learn first hand how they can help your organization. This event is on May 18th at the Embassy Suites in Cary and includes breakfast and networking time.
Businesses and employers can find more information and RSVP here.
A separate event is being held for partners and workforce agencies.
Education, workforce and economic development organizations in the Triangle enjoy a strong and successful history of working together. In the past few months, over $5.3 million dollars in grant funds have been awarded to fund collaborative projects for special populations and other workforce initiatives. Regardless of the initiative, we strive to prepare participants for jobs that are in-demand within the region’s growing industries.
TECHHIRE – A $3.96 million dollar grant awarded to Wake Tech to prepare young adults for IT careers. Capital Area will use $2M to hire a project coordinator and to fund paid work experiences and on-the-job-training over the 4-yr grant period. SAS, HCL Technologies, and IBM are business partners. The first cohort of trainees began in October with HRD classes provided by Wake Tech, before moving on to technical training that will lead to industry-recognized credentials. Multiple tracks are available depending on previous experience, the longest of which lasts just over 20 months.
The City of Raleigh, Durham Workforce Development Board, and Wake County Economic Development are also partners. Raleigh was officially designated a TechHire community in March of 2016. There are about 50 TechHire communities in the nation. The designation recognizes the effort that communities put into training workers using innovative, non-traditional approaches. To foster the region’s technology ecosystem, Triangle TechHire will produce measurable outcomes, create community and employer engagement, focus on building skills and careers, and reduce barriers to training and employment.
Visit TriangleTechHire.com for more information.
TRAINING TO WORK – A $1.36 million dollar grant led by Durham Workforce Development Board to provide enhanced workforce services to 170 male and female inmates in work release programs in the Triangle. CAWD will have two new offender specialists in our NCWorks Career Center located at Tillery Place in Raleigh as a result of this grant. Participants will be assisted with developing a life plan before they get out so that they don’t end up back in the system, and have the means to support themselves.
Elements of the initiative will support reentry and promote personal accountability. Inmates will receive access to:
A career pathway that leads to industry-recognized credentials
Job search assistance
Partners in the project include NC Department of Public Safety, Wake Tech, Durham Tech, and Wake County Human Services.