Category Archives: Blog Post

Board Meeting Will Focus on Partner Priorities

The last several board meetings have focused 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

1st Cohort Graduates from IT Beginnings!

Information technology jobs are plentiful due to a shortage of skilled workers, not just locally, but nationally.  IT Beginnings was created to help young people, with little to no technical skills, develop tech skills and earn an industry-recognized credential in order to qualify for these in-demand jobs. Seven individuals completed the 12-week program that included mock interviews with reps from local businesses.

The graduation ceremony was held at the new Raleigh Pathways Center, a facility dedicated to setting individuals on career pathways that offer good pay in occupations with bright futures and high growth. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was present to offer her congratulations as was Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of CAWD.

Many will continue their training by enrolling in TechHire, another CAWD/Wake Tech program with more vigorous training and work experience opportunities with local businesses.

Recruiting for the second cohort of participants will begin in the new year!

Upcoming Career Pathways Events

Regional Events:

There will be three Career Pathway Working Groups meeting in early September. These groups are meeting to set annual goals for the regional pathway work.

Demand Driven/Data Informed and Career Awareness Working Group is meeting September 7th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh
Employer Engagement and Work-Based Learning Working Group is meeting September 11th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh
Articulation and Multiple Points of Entry Working Group is meeting September 11th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at 1830- B Tillery Place, Raleigh

Local Events:

Updates on NCWorks Certified Career Pathways and strategies on how to continue to implement the pathways local will be shared at the Capital Area Workforce Development Board Partners Meetings in late September.

Johnston County Partners Meeting will be held on September 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the NCWorks Career Center, 8998 US-70 BUS, Clayton, NC 27520.
Wake County Partners Meeting time and location will be announced shortly.

Stay tuned for details!

 

Backpacks-2-Briefcases: College Grads Need Help, Too

Believe it or not, there’s a workforce program to help most every personal situation a person might find themselves in, regardless of age, experience, and background.

John was an NCSU college graduate working full-time, but making minimum wage in a job unrelated to his degree. It offered no pathway for him to reach his career goal in environmental sciences, so he signed up for B2B.

He quickly realized that there’s more to finding a job today than merely applying online. B2B introduced him to networking and interviewing with confidence. “I think that the johnmock interviews prepared me for my actual job interview. B2B also taught me invaluable research techniques that helped me succeed in my job search,” he said.

Immediately after one of the networking events B2B had, John was hired full time as an Air Quality Scientist with AECOM! Now he travels to industrial facilities throughout the southeast, collecting samples of emissions to determine if companies are in compliance with EPA and government regulations for air pollution standards.

Interested in B2B?  Contact Patrick.Buford@edsisolutions.com.