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Strategic Initiatives Manager Wanted!

CAWD is looking for a new Strategic Initiatives Manager! This is a vital person to the team that will seek out new funding sources for workforce development activities, oversee special projects, and more. Become a part of the Wake County …

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Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD) provides workforce development solutions to help all businesses with talent needs. Wake County hotels and the hospitality industry are facing a massive worker shortage and unfortunately, data shows that over the next 5 years, the …

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Labor Market Overview

The most recent labor market overview released by the NC Department of Commerce reflects data for the month of May.

Key data points for Wake County:

  • Unemployment rate: 3.0% – an increase of .2 from previous month /.4% less than
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Reaching People With the Most Needs

Last year, CAWD set a goal of serving 250 individuals from vulnerable and historically marginalized communities through a US Department of Labor CAREER grant. Based on data, high-need areas included residents in parts of Wake Forest and Raleigh.

One strategy …

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Pathway to Entrepreneurship Launches Successfully

CAWD’s entrepreneurship program addresses upward mobility by helping micro-business owners move to the next level. Eighty (80) men and women signed up for the first Pathway to Entrepreneurship (PTE) workshop in June. Many small business launch programs assist those that …

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APP Produces 7 New Apprentices; IT is Next!

Seven young adults graduated from CAWD’s Apprenticeship Prep Program last month. During the 3-month program focused on the electrical trade, classroom instruction was held at the NCWorks NextGen center while hands-on training and work experience occurred at Sir Raleigh Electric …

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Raleigh, NC – Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD) is pleased to announce the launch of Pathway to Entrepreneurship. The program provides one-on-one assistance to potential and existing small business owners regardless of where they are in the process. Entrepreneurs, including …

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Job Search Depression. Yes, it’s Real.

Unemployment and depression tend to go hand-in-hand and the pandemic certainly hasn’t helped. What we do for a living is a part of our identity and the hunt for work leaves many feeling rejected, anxious and pessimistic. Even those in …

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CAWD PY22-23 Local Plan and Attachments

Capital Area Workforce Development is required to make copies of the proposed Capital Area Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) plan for program year ’22 available to the public and allow for public comment.

Please submit any comments or suggestions …

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SelmaWorks! Vendors Announced

What do you need to move to the next level in your career and in life? SelmaWorks! has it!

Education completion or continuation
Credential attainment
Job training
Scholarships for training programs
Overcoming barriers due to justice involvement
Veterans support
Temporary …

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