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!
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
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!
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires each Workforce Development Board (WDB) to develop and submit, in partnership with the local chief elected official, a comprehensive four-year plan to the state. We submitted ours in May, 2016. Annually, each WDB will provide updates to the four-year plan. The WIOA Program Year (PY) 2017 Plan will provide current information and be effective July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. The Comprehensive Four-Year Plan (PY 2016) is maintained and updated, as appropriate.
The public is invited to provide input and recommendations to assist in the design of Capital Area Workforce Development Board’s plan effective July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 that outlines strategies for coordinating workforce programs and services for Wake and Johnston counties.
Email recommendations to CAWD@wakegov.com with the subject line “WIOA Plan-Public Input” by 5 pm on Thursday, April 24, 2017.
Capital Area Workforce Development Board and NCWorks are hosting an Apprenticeship Summit for local businesses and organizations to learn a more effective way to recruit and train new employees. Apprenticeships allow workers to learn new skills, adapt to a new company environment, and earn a living wage. An average of 2,000 hours are spent training on the job along with 144 hours of classroom-based instruction per year, with an “earn as you learn” pay scale.
Apprenticeships are a time-tested tool to recruit and train a workforce, with proven economic results for the employer. They have thrived for decades in Europe. An apprenticeship in England is estimated to raise an employer’s economic output by about $366 per week. A Swiss study found that employers in their country earn a net $300 million each year from the work apprentices do while training on the job. A 2009 Canadian study found that, for every $1 Canadian businesses invested in apprenticeship programs, they could expect to receive $1.47 back!
This FREE business event will feature a panel of company reps with apprenticeship programs. Learn first hand how they can help your organization. This event is on May 18th at the Embassy Suites in Cary and includes breakfast and networking time.
Businesses and employers can find more information and RSVP here.
A separate event is being held for partners and workforce agencies.
We have always believed that we have the best board members in the state. So it’s no surprise that Anthony Caison, VP of Continuing Ed. at Wake Tech and “board member extraordinaire” was among a select few chosen for Leadership North Carolina!
What he will learn about the state, its strengths, weaknesses, and community needs are sure to impact what we do to impact the local workforce and business community.
*More than a third of companies surveyed by CareerBuilder are actively recruiting veterans. And almost half (47%) of the same employers have hired a former member of the armed forces in the last year. Employers love veterans for their initiative, work ethic, and tenacity, yet they can lack the technical skills and qualifications needed to enter the civilian workforce in such a competitive job market. In November, CAWD established the state’s first Specialized NCWorks Career Center for veterans to help veterans move more readily into civilian jobs. Veterans from all military branches can utilize the center and family members are welcome as well.
The National Guard Employment and Education Center (EEC) was already providing job search assistance to servicemen and women. Now they offer enhanced services. Capital Area’s one-stop staff trained National Guard personnel on NCWorks policies and procedures so that customers can receive any of the WIOA services for which they qualify, such as training for new skills or increasing current skill levels. They can also utilize the job matching capabilities of NCWorks.gov.
Although veterans can access workforce services at any NCWorks Career Center, being located in the NC National Guard Joint Force Headquarters offers more convenient access prior to exiting the military, and valuable peer support.
The Specialty NCWorks Career Center is located at 1636 Gold Star Drive in Raleigh.
If you live in Johnston county and lost your job due to Hurricane Matthew, temporarily or permanently, you could get a temporary job with government agencies that are helping with recovery efforts. Positions include admin, clean-up, social services/customer service, and many others and can last up to 1 year.
JCI operates the program in Johnston. If you are interested in qualifying for job, send your information to Taylor.Kirks@jcindustries.com or call 919-815-3675.
It’s no secret that the education system doesn’t really give students real-world jobs skills. Add to that the challenge of transitioning from 12-16 years as a student to a life with a different set of rules and expectations. What most employers want is someone with experience who can hit the ground running, a quality most recent grads lack.
Brittany Sands’ problem as a recent grad was not unique. She graduated from Campbell University with a Bachelor’s in Clinical Research. Unable to land a job in her field, she took a cashier job at CVS. While researching internships, she came across the Backpacks-to-Briefcases program. As a participant, she learned how to improve her resume, interview skills, and presentation skills. Everything learned was put into practice at a job fair organized specifically for participants. There, Brittany was offered a paid internship by Premier Research where she received valuable work experience while the program paid her wages. When the internship ended, she was hired full-time as a Procurement Strategic Sourcing Specialist.
Backpacks-to-Briefcases was first created in 2012 as a CAWD youth program. It was designed specifically to give college graduates the right combination of knowledge, skills, and practical experience to enter the job market, while mitigating training expenses employers. Eighty-six participants were placed at that time. In 2015, it was expanded as Backpacks-2-Briefcases 2.0 in partnership with NC State University, CAWD, and a $386,000 grant by Duke Energy Foundation.
Workforce development programs like Backpacks-to-Briefcases are indicative of the innovative solutions such collaborations can achieve. Participants like Brittany get a foot in the door in order to begin good careers and businesses find people with the skills they need.
To learn more about the program, contact the Capital Area Youth & Young Adult Center at
Relias Learning LLC announced that it will add more than 450 jobs over the next 5 years. The company plans to invest $4.5 million at its location in the Town of Cary through the end of 2020.
Relias Learning is the leading provider of training, education and professional development for healthcare professionals and organizations. Founded in 2002, the Cary-based company offers online training to more than 5,000 organizations and 3 million individuals in the United States and has recently expanded to offer its services in the UK and Germany.
Interested in working at Relias? See what’s available on their career page!
Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWD) and Wake Technical Community College will share a $3.9 million dollar grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to train 350 young adults with barriers to employment for IT jobs in cyber security, network and computer systems administration, and computer user support.
“One of the things we hear from employers is that job candidates often have certification after certification, but no practical experience. So being able to partner with employers who will provide onsite work experience is a vital part of this training,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of Capital Area Workforce Development Board.
Anthony Caison, Vice President of Workforce Continuing Education at Wake Tech agrees. “Collaborations like this don’t occur everywhere. We are thrilled to be working with Capital Area and all the other partners who came together for this grant, including Wake County Economic Development and the City of Raleigh. Together we can strengthen the local economy by filling jobs that pay well and help young people attain skills necessary to be competitive job candidates.”
Wake Tech is the lead grant recipient with CAWD receiving approximately half of the grant to fund work experience, on-the-job training and support services for trainees. The program, known as “TechHire,” is one of several grants that Capital Area and Wake Tech have partnered on to prepare people for jobs.
HCL, SAS, and IBM are business partners for the program. Companies interested in becoming partners can contact CAWD.