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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

“Finish Line” Helps Students With Financial Emergencies

CAWD now has funds to help students at Johnston Community College and Wake Tech with financial emergencies.  Unforeseen financial burdens often derail students from completing degree and training programs.  NC Governor Roy Cooper implemented the Finish Line grant program to fund collaboration between workforce development and community colleges to help these students.

Applicants can receive up to $1000.00 per school year and can apply at their financial aid offices.  Academic standing and program completion rate are considered in addition to the type of financial emergency. Applications will be forwarded to CAWD’s Finish Line Program Manager for final determination.

Students with questions should contact their school’s financial aid office.

Press Release

 

Career Advisers! Career Pathways Event #2 Coming UP

Last April, the Triangle Regional Career Pathways Collaborative hosted “Game-changing Pathways Strategies (GPS): Know the Terrain!” to help all partners with a role in career advising understand regional talent demands and the economic climate in order to better serve students and clients.

This years event, “Swipe Right! Find a Career Match,” will help career advisers from k12, community colleges, and career centers understand work-based learning and so they can connect students accordingly. In addition, they will have an opportunity to improve their networking skills in order to engage with businesses more effectively. Other activities are also being planned.

The half-day event will be held on May 18th at the NC Biotechnology Center in RTP. Registration opens soon. Be on the look out for your invitation!

New “Catalyst 20/20” Offers Training Dollars to Businesses

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.

Catalyst 20/20 is very flexible and can be used for certifications, technical training, leadership development, and other subjects deemed important to the employer. Delivery methods are also flexible, such as e-learning, online, or bringing in an outside provider. Companies can use the funds to train individual contributors, leaders, departments and/or teams.

“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 with global competition and everybody loses. Being able to offer Catalyst 20/20 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.

Interested businesses can email catalyst2020@wakegov.com to request an application or call Kimberly Wheeler at (919)856-6040 for full details.

 

CAWDB Sets Priorities for the Next Two Years

The Capital Area Workforce Development Board has selected 3 priorities for the current, and next, fiscal year: Apprenticeship, Advocacy, and Advancing Youth (Unifying Goal.)

Work in these areas support the purpose of CAWDB, which is to
— have a workforce system that is responsive to the needs of the local area,
— connect private and public resources necessary to fill those needs,
— help individuals attain skills necessary for gainful employment, and
— assist employers with maintaining a skilled workforce so that they can compete in a global economy.

Apprenticeships are internationally recognized as an effective way for employers to create the workforce they need while the employee learns and increases their skill levels. The value of apprenticeships and processes for implementing (businesses) and progressing through apprenticeship programs (job seekers/employees), must be understood by entire community. This committee’s work supports all 4 areas.

Advocacy involves actively garnering support for CAWD and workforce development so that resources are always available for training and job programs. And as a major talent source, youth and young adults require special attention if they are to meet the ever-changing skill requirements of today’s workplace.

Anyone interested in participating in the work of either committee on an ad hoc basis should contact the Executive Director – pat.sturdivant@wakegov.com.