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CAWD Launches Catalyst 20/20: Up To $20,000 to Train Existing Workers

Raleigh, NC, March 5, 2018 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board  is pleased to announce the immediate launch of CATALYST 20/20, a program offering up to $20,000 to eligible businesses in Wake and Johnston counties for training. The purpose of Catalyst 20/20 is to fuel growth and productivity by building skills of existing workers.

“Many of our training dollars have been used to upskill those who are looking for work, but enhancing the skills of current employees is a must. Otherwise the business won’t be able to keep up global competition and everybody loses. Being able to offer Catalyst 20/20 to business customers is how we fulfill our vision of economic development through workforce excellence,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of CAWD.

“Research shows that continuing education reduces employee turnover and directly impacts an organization’s bottom line. Catalyst 20/20 provides a mechanism for spurring a level of employee engagement that some businesses haven’t been able to offer. Launching this program is another way of connecting employers with solutions that meet their talent needs,” said Kimberly Wheeler, CAWD’s Director of Business Engagement.

Companies can use the funds to train individual contributors, leaders, departments and/or teams. Training can consist of technical training, certifications, leadership development, soft skills, professional development, or whatever the business deems important.

Interested businesses can email catalyst2020@wakegov.com or call (919)856-6040.

 

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board

CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 largely funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education and others in Wake and Johnston Counties, the organization has developed state and nationally-recognized workforce programs, connected businesses to the education system and workforce resources, and helped thousands to gain employment and contribute to the prosperity of the community.

Participants Needed for YouthBuild Construction Training and Education Program

Raleigh, NC, January 30, 2018 – Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD) is looking for youth and young adults to participate in YouthBuild. YouthBuild provides education, construction skills training, and job placement opportunities to eligible 16-24 year olds from areas of Raleigh with higher poverty rates and unemployment. Participants will build affordable homes for low-income families during the training.

“In Wake County alone, the construction industry is projected to grow over 2,000 jobs in the next five years, but employers have jobs they can’t fill today. This program is one way to help fill that talent pipeline and connect young people with limited education, training and work experience to a field with long-term career potential. The fact that the hands-on portion of their learning will occur as they work on affordable housing is really the icing on the cake,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD.

Partners for the project include City of Raleigh, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, North Carolina Home Builders Association, Associated Builders and Contractors – Carolina Chapter, and NCWorks.

Interested applicants or their parents can access all eligibility requirements and additional information at here.

 

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board

CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 largely funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education and others in Wake and Johnston Counties, the organization has developed state and nationally-recognized workforce programs, connected businesses to the education system and workforce resources, and helped thousands to gain employment and contribute to the prosperity of the community.

CAWD Receives $200,000 to Help Students Complete Education and Training

Raleigh, NC, September 17, 2018 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board was awarded $200,000 to help community college students complete education and training programs at Wake Technical Community College and Johnston Community College. The funds come from Governor Roy Cooper’s Finish Line grant initiative developed to assist with unforeseen financial emergencies that can often derail program completion.

“In addition to young people, many students are adults with families trying to gain skills to make a better living,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD. “It’s in everyone’s best interest that they make it over the proverbial finish line because businesses need skilled workers to drive productivity and that’s what keeps our local economy moving.”

CAWD expects to serve 200 students. Each can receive up to $1000.00 per semester if they qualify. After an initial screening colleges forward student applications to CAWD’s Finish Line Program Manager for final determination. Academic standing and program completion rate are considered in conjunction with the type of financial emergency.

“One of the best things about Finish Line is students that haven’t been able to qualify under existing financial emergency programs. Common issues have been enrollment status or limited funding. Being able to offer another option will increase the ability of students to finish their program and start their career,” said Eric Breit, CAWD Strategic Initiatives Director.

For more information about Finish Line, contact Jane Sterner at 919-856-6117.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 largely funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education and others in Wake and Johnston Counties, the organization has developed state and nationally-recognized workforce programs, connected businesses to the education system and workforce resources, and helped thousands to gain employment and contribute to the prosperity of the community.

NCWorks Center in Cary Closing Soon

December 14th will be the last day of operations for the career center in Cary. Other options are being communicated to those who need services.

CAWD is working with Dorcas Ministries in Cary to enhance their job training center.  Dorcas has volunteer coaches that assist with job hunts, resume writing, career advising, and basic computer training.  Enhancements include additional technology, computers, and staff preparation.

Customers also have the option to connect via the new call center using whichever method they prefer – phone, chat, or email.  In addition, career centers in Fuquay-Varina and Raleigh are also prepared to help Cary customers onsite.

CAWD understands the challenges job seekers face and we believe these accommodations will help meet the job-related needs of customers in Cary.

Serving the Business Community

The ability to provide business solutions related to talent requires staying current about their needs and educating them about viable options that can solve their problems.

In October, CAWD along with Raleigh Economic Development  and Wake Tech held Triangle Talent IT Round Table.  This was a natural “next step” from the regional workforce study conducted in 2017. The survey allowed  workforce system partners to more fully understand the needs of local employers when it comes to IT positions and how they impact business growth and competitiveness.

Over 45 educators, workforce and economic developers  attended to hear from a diverse set of employers ranging from life sciences, healthcare, government, tech and the retail sector.

In November, we presented Workforce Ready 2018 where the theme was  “Apprenticeships: Powering Your Talent Pipeline.” The goal was to educate businesses on the benefits of establishing apprenticeship programs, introduce organizations who can help, and to hear directly from other business leaders who established their own programs. Over 100 people attended.

Both of these events were moderated by CAWD private sector board members; Rodney Carson of SAS and Tony Marshall of Innovative Systems Group.

New Call Center Launched

Job seekers in Wake and Johnston counties can now receive some career center services by chat, email web forms, and phone.

The call center, named Access NCWorks, is staffed by career center team members who can answer basic questions and help customers navigate NCWorks Online. In addition to job search assistance, staff can make referrals to other community organizations.

Chat and email are available directly via Accessncworks.com or through Capitalareancworks.com.

The call center is a major step towards helping individuals in vulnerable communities, and the disabled, access career services without having to travel to a physical location. If
you have clients who can benefit from this service, have them log-on or call the center
at 919-715-0111.

 

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS!

Capital Area Workforce Development Board is soliciting proposals for operation of NCWorks Career Centers in Wake & Johnston counties, WIOA Adult/DW Service Provider,  Business Services Provider and WIOA Youth Service Provider.

RFP release date is December 3, 2018 at 10:00 am at which time you will be able to download required documents from the links below.

A bidder’s conference will be held December 14th at 9:30 am.  Details will be in the RFP.

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm. No exceptions.

Full RFP

Budget Template – Adult & DW

Budget Template – Youth

Addendum #1

Board Meeting Will Focus on Partner Priorities

The last few board meetings have focused on service providers; their successes, challenges, and all that is involved in generating positive outcomes. These conversations have helped board members to better understand the inner workings of running year-round and grant-funded programs.

Similar conversations will be held with CAWD’s key partners. Leaders from our community colleges, economic development, the workforce commission and board association have agreed to participate.

These meetings are an important element for CAWD’s dedication to continuous improvement and inform decision-making related to setting priorities, board committee work, and resources needed for successful outcomes.

We’re listening!

CAWD Annual Report

See how CAWD helped citizens AND businesses in Wake and Johnston counties! Adults and youth continue to benefit from the work done by NCWorks staff as well as programs for special populations that need a little extra help getting back into the workforce.

A big thank you to the partners and collaborations that make workforce development work!

If you have questions about the report, contact pat.sturdivant@wakegov.com.

 

Workforce Ready: Apprenticeships – Powering Your Talent Pipeline

Apprenticeships are a growing trend in the U.S. as companies struggle to find qualified workers with the skills needed to conduct business.  Economist Michael Walden will share facts about the local job market and the role of apprenticeships for a thriving workforce.

Also, companies who have integrated apprenticeship into their talent management strategies will share exactly what it took for them to do so. Speakers represent manufacturing, information technology, construction/skilled trades, and healthcare. 

Don’t miss this enlightening and interactive event to connect, learn & leverage!

Click here to register.