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CAWD/IBM Collaboration Offers Free Seminars for Small Business Owners

Small businesses owners can now take advantage of a series of FREE seminars specifically geared to their needs given the current climate. The seminars allow businesses to tap into resources of “SkillsBuild Reignite,” an initiative the partnership is officially launching soon.

Topics surround digital strategy, business strategy and legal education. All are presented by IBM professionals who are highly experienced with helping clients drive business value.

Find the full list of seminars and registration links HERE.

All New Virtual Triangle Career Expo!

The region’s workforce development partners are hosting the Triangle Career Expo on October 8th from 9 am to 2 pm using Premier Virtual.

Several large and small employers have already signed up including Credit Suisse, Advance Auto Parts, Duke University and Duke Health and Wegmans.  Available positions include entry to professional level jobs…something for everyone!  Information technology, healthcare, skilled trades, food service and much more.

Job seekers are encouraged to sign up early, create a profile at Premier Virtual, and research available jobs with participating employers before the event.

Full details including registration links for job seekers and employers can be found at Trianglecareerexpo.com.

Sign up today!

CAWD Announces First Ever Recipients of “Wake Partners” Grant

Fourteen nonprofits awarded grants to aid individuals affected by COVID-19

Capital Area Workforce Development is happy to announce that it will fund 14 projects for community-based organizations through the new “Wake Partners” grant program. Awards total just over $800,000 and will be used to help Wake County citizens affected by COVID-19 with workforce development related activities. “Wake Partners” is possible through a partnership with Wake County Government and county commissioners using funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“The amount of interest expressed by the nonprofit community in this funding really brought home how coronavirus is affecting our residents, both directly and indirectly. From housing to food to education, this pandemic is disturbing family stability like never before,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD. “The Wake partners funding provides additional support for residents to access workforce development services as well as remove some of the barriers caused by COVID -19.”

CAWD received 45 applications during the short application period. Priority was given to those that supported job readiness, education delivery and instructional support, and support services necessary to eliminate barriers to employment.

The following organizations received grants:

Centre for Homeownership (CHOEDC)

Community of Hope Ministries

Community Success Initiative, Inc.

Dorcas Ministries

Dress for Success Triangle NC

Haven House

Jobs for Life

Justice Served NC

Fathers Forever

Triangle Literacy Council

Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women

Passage Home

Urban Ministries of Wake County

Wake Forest Area Chamber Foundation

Information Technology Apprenticeship Program is Recruiting!

Capital Area Workforce Development is looking for qualified candidates to participate in the ISG Information Technology Apprenticeship Program (ITAP).
The goal of the program is to combine classroom learning with real-world experience so students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful IT professionals.
We are seeking 15–20 committed young women and men residing in Wake County between the ages of 18–30 who have an interest in technology.
Participants may be eligible to receive a stipend of $10 per hour for the duration of the program. We welcome individuals of diverse backgrounds that meet the following criteria:
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
–Wake County Resident
–Between 18–30 years of age
–Ability to pass a background check
–High School Diploma or equivalency
–Availability to commit to training
To learn more and apply, click here.
For additional help, contact the program coordinator at William.Vickers@isglink.com or call 919-824-4966.

 

“Reopen Wake” Covid-19 Employee Training

Reopen Wake is a two-module, online training that will help employers prepare team members to return to work using appropriate precautions. CAWD is pleased to offer this training at no-cost to eligible Wake County businesses. This program specifically connects businesses in Wake County’s vulnerable communities with necessary funding and training that will get employers and their staff back to work safely and confidently.

Businesses can find more information and apply HERE.

Business Input Needed for Regional Skills Analysis

The region was on pace for incredible growth and development prior to COVID-19. While it might take time to regain that momentum, the Regional Skills Analysis can help us get on track as it’s important to understand the subtle nuances of our workforce.

As workforce leaders, we your participation. This survey is not a study that will be put on the shelf. It will inform programming necessary for recovery and a quality talent pipeline.

If you are a business leader, please take the Regional Skills Analysis 2020 survey or forward to your HR/site lead for completion. We want to hear from all industries and businesses of all sizes!

TAKE SURVEY HERE

Local sponsors of Regional Skills Analysis 2020 are RTI, Wake County Economic Development, Capital Area Workforce Development and the City of Raleigh.

Unemployment Claims by County Now Available in North Carolina

The NC Department of Commerce published a dashboard to view unemployment insurance (UI) claims by local area. Users can search by county, workforce development board or see cumulative data for the state. In the press release, Commerce noted that not all claims will be eligible for benefit payments.

CAWD will be summarizing and distributing monthly updates about initial claims to city and county leadership in Wake and Johnston counties.

Here is the March summary for our service area. Ninety percent (90%) of claims were Wake residents. As expected, the hospitality industry shed the most jobs. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many who have lost jobs during COVID-19 plan on returning to their employers. However, CAWD is preparing career centers for an influx of people who will seek new opportunities and may need job training.

The dashboard also allows users to see existing claims data, industries where claimants were employed,  and claimant demographics.

Access the dashboard here.