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 – email@example.com.
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!
The YouthBuild program will provide education, training, and hands-on work experience to young people between the ages of 16 and 24 from targeted zip codes within Wake County. It is designed for those who need to obtain a high school diploma or GED, and are facing other life challenges that make it difficult to find and retain meaningful work.
The construction industry is growing and offers many different career paths as individuals gain skills and experience. YouthBuild consists of project-based academic learning and construction skills training in preparation for career placement. Participants will learn by building or significantly renovating homes for low-income families or transitional housing for homeless families or individuals. Improving their own lives as well as impacting the lives of others in their community produces a win-win.
Contact Jenelle at 919-996-5694 or Michelle at 919-996-5689 for more information and qualifications for the program.
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 mock 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.
IT Beginnings is for young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 interested in tech careers. Employers across industries need tech professionals and IT Beginnings offers basic training and a certification that will allow young adults to continue their education in the field or obtain entry-level positions. In addition, participants will learn by touring Raleigh businesses, getting exposure to advanced technical training programs, as well as mentoring and internship opportunities.
IT Beginnings is free, but there is an application process as the class will be limited to 15 participants. The first class runs from August 18th to November 8th and will be held at 900 South Wilmington Street in Raleigh.
Applications are still be accepted for the next class.
CAWD, the City of Raleigh and Wake Tech are working together on the project and ongoing programming.
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.
To help the public better understand what we do, we have started a podcast channel! Workforce development can be a complicated story to tell since there are so many moving parts; multiple organizations, people, and businesses working in pursuit of a common goal – building a highly-skilled and efficient workforce. Podcasts are an up and coming method of digital communication, short audio stories that you can listen to in the car, at home, or wherever you go. Approximately 57 million people listen to podcasts every month!
CAWD will use podcasts to help tell the “who, what, where, and how” of workforce development’s impact on our citizens and business community. Reducing “government speak,” podcasts done in a conversational, personal, and casual manner can engage new audiences. Podcast interviews will feature CAWD staff, board members, job seekers, program participants, career center staff, and employers.
Educational Data Systems Incorporated (EDSI) hosted a Lunch & Learn with Cisco for the Capital Area Youth program in Raleigh. EDSI is a national workforce development consulting company. Their Wake County office provides academic and career services to local youth, in and out of school, aged 16 to 24.
Twenty-eight young adults attended the event to learn more about potential careers in technology and beyond. Employees from Cisco discussed the different career pathways available and the interests that brought them to this field. The young adults were then able to ask their own questions of the panel. Some of the subjects they touched on included education, company culture, and the “spark” that helps an employee find fulfillment in their work.
Lunch was provided to participants by Cisco. EDSI plans to run this panel every quarter at the youth center, with a “Day at Cisco” Youth Summit to be scheduled in early Summer.