On January 21st, the Triangle Regional Career Pathways Collaborative hosted “Hidden Careers – Hidden Talent.” Over 80 career coaches and advisers came to learn about lesser-known-but-critical jobs in life sciences, one the Triangle’s fastest growing industries. Putting candidates with disabilities or those coming out of the justice system on a promising career pathway was also a major topic of discussion.
Life sciences experts included Laura Rowley from the NC Biotech Center, Volker Borneman- Founder/CEO of Avazyme, Josh Arant-Founder/CEO of MAKCO Medical,
Darren Alfano- Operations Manager at Novozyme, and Stephen Miller, HR Business Partner at Novo Nordisk.
Multiple workforce development programs that help the justice-involved transition successfully into the workforce were highlighted – CAWD’s Training-to-Work program, Durham WDB’s Construction Summer Camp, and Kerr-Tar WDB’s Heavy Equipment Operator Program. Construction and skilled trade professionals are in high demand and the number of employers willing to consider applicants with blemished backgrounds is increasing.
Data proves this trend and was covered by senior economist Andrew Berger-Gross of NC LEAD in his presentation “Understanding Labor Market Trends.” Other resources for career advisers included the NC Business & Education Committee’s Navigator site where employers offering apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing and other work-based learning opportunities are listed.
To learn more about career pathways, download the NCWorks Certified Career Pathways impact report.