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Regional Job Fair Goes Virtual Amid COVID-19 Rules and High Unemployment

Raleigh, NC, Sept. 28, 2020 – Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD), Durham Workforce Development and Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board are hosting the Triangle Career Expo virtually on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 9 am to 2 pm. The goal is to connect over 76,000 unemployed citizens throughout the region with local employers who have immediate and valuable career opportunities. Admission is free.

“COVID has impacted jobseekers of all skillsets and experience levels. The in-person job fairs we’ve done in the past always had strong turnout and this event offers the same benefits but in a virtual setting,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD. “It’s convenient and user-friendly for job seekers and businesses. It also allows for face-to-face interaction which is the main benefit of attending any job fair.”

Kimberly Wheeler, CAWD Director of Business Engagement said “This event showcases the diversity and strength of the region’s industries. Employers across healthcare, technology, professional services, construction and more are participating and have immediate hiring needs. We especially want to reach those whose jobs were affected by COVID. There are opportunities for all experience levels and skill sets.”

Event details are available at Trianglecareerexpo.com.

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

Our Response to Covid-19: How Workforce Boards Are Making a Difference During the Pandemic

 

A Letter to the Community

Just as we have been getting used to a new normal for our lives in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial inequities, and the tragic deaths of several individuals in recent weeks have all contributed a firestorm of protests that have brought injustice and racism to the forefront and compelled us to confront the racism in our society.

The North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards (NCAWDB), through our network of NCWorks Career Centers, is committed to providing all residents with the career services, resources and support needed to achieve economic prosperity. This includes support such as tuition assistance for credential attainment, work experience opportunities and employment assistance, along with supportive services that help to remove barriers to employment.  Workforce Boards work with thousands of employers to connect them with the skilled talent they need.

At our core are the following values:

  • We value the voices, experiences, cultures, intellect and multidimensionality of all people;
  • We value the ability of individuals and support system change in ways that make racial justice possible;
  • We value diversity and believe that equity and inclusion make us stronger;
  • We value honest, open and clear communications, and voicing and sharing our viewpoints with integrity even when difficult, unpopular, or risky;
  • We value relevance and resourcefulness in the face of changing social, economic, political, and ideological environments; AND
  • We will continue our work in making our services and programs accessible and open to all individuals, especially communities that have been traditionally underserved.

From education, skills training, work experience, and employment, local workforce development boards are dedicated to assisting individuals in gaining the skills needed to obtain employment that allows them to provide and thrive.

While so many elements of the future remain uncertain, in collaboration with our leadership, local Workforce Development Board members, and Directors, NCAWDB will continue to support a workforce system that is inclusive and continue to advocate for all residents.

Media Contact: Dr. Stephanie Deese
Executive Director, NCAWDB
919.414.2085
sdeese@ncawdb.org

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About North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards (NCAWDB)

NCAWDB is a 501(c)6 and the voice for workforce development in North Carolina. We work collectively to plan, coordinate, oversee, and deliver workforce solutions through the NCWorks system. Our Boards help more people and businesses across the state gain access to programs and services that make North Carolina one of the most skilled, productive, and motivated workforce systems in the nation.

CAWD Launches “Reopen Wake” COVID-10 Training

Health and Safety Training Grant Helps Small Businesses Reopen Safely

Raleigh, NC, July 7, 2020Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD) has launched Reopen Wake to support the reopening efforts of minority and women-owned businesses and businesses located in Wake County’s vulnerable communities.  Eligible businesses will be able to provide employees with health and safety training to minimize the spread of COVID-19 as employees return to work and operations resume.

“Small businesses often have insufficient financing and limited internal capacities which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Business owners of color, women founders and other underrepresented minorities often have an even greater need. We’re glad to be able to provide this program to help businesses and their employees better prepare to operate safely in the current environment,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD.

This interactive online training addresses topics such as how to protect staff from workplace outbreaks, facilities setup and best practices for safely bringing employees back to work. Employees will also learn best practices for personal health and safety.

Funds for Reopen Wake were provided by Wake County Government.

More information including eligibility requirements and the application is available here.

 

Help with Job Loss Due to Coronavirus

Raleigh, March 18,2020 – Capital Area Workforce Development’s (CAWD) NCWorks Career Center network is providing employment services to Wake County residents virtually. Individuals experiencing job loss due to coronavirus or those looking for education and training resources can do so without visiting a career center in person.

“Social distancing is the order of the day and we know that business closings are affecting the livelihood of many people. Providing services online instead of requiring them to come in person is the most expedient and safe way to get them back to work,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD.

Individuals can call 919-715-0111 to speak to a team member or use AccessNCWorks.com to

  • Chat with a team member
  • Find job seeker services
  • See what job programs you may qualify for
  • Find step-by-step instructions for using NCWorks Online

Individuals can register and create an NCWorks Online profile at NCWorks.gov to search for jobs. The Virtual Recruiter feature will automatically search jobs 24/7 and send alerts by text or email.

Through NCWorks Online, individuals can also:

  • Create a resume
  • Create a cover letter for a posted job
  • Apply for jobs
  • Research employers
  • Investigate occupations and salaries
  • Determine the right job based on skills, preferences, and personality

Anyone needing help with NCWorks Online can find instructions at AccessNCWorks.com or speak to a team member by calling 919-715-0111.

The Division of Employment Security (DES) handles everything related to unemployment insurance including how to apply and benefit questions. The public can find information at the website or call 1-888-737-0259.

CAWD Receives $1.5M for New Reentry Initiative

Raleigh, NC, August 20, 2019 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board  was awarded $1.5 million to provide individuals returning to the workforce from the justice system opportunities for meaningful employment. The funds are available through a U.S. Department of Labor’s Education and Training Administration grant. The initiative is called “Roads to Reentry” and will provide career readiness support, education and training to 188 individuals reentering the workforce.

“Roads to Reentry is a part of CAWD’s strategic plan to provide services that ensure that all Wake and Johnston County citizens have access to employment,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD. “And with Roads to Reentry we don’t want them to get just any job, but we’re being intentional about moving them into high-demand occupations like skilled trades that also offer better pay.”

Participants must be 25 or older with no sex offenses other than prostitution. They must have been released within nine months from program start or are being released within six months from program start. This includes those from Wake Correctional Center, Johnston Correctional Institute, and N.C. Correctional Institute for Women and other facilities where individuals may be returning to Johnston and Wake upon release.

CAWD will partner with Eckerd Connects, Wake Technical Community College, Johnston Community College, N.C. Department of Public Safety, Wake Department of Social Services, Legal Aid NC, Wake Reentry Council, and multiple employers to facilitate the program.

For questions, contact Pat.Sturdivant@wakegov.com or call 919-856-6048.

Thousands of Jobs Available at Career Expo Despite Tight Labor Market

Raleigh, NC, July 10, 2019 – Capital Area Workforce Development is hosting the WRAL Capital Area Career Expo on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm at the McKimmon Center.  Approximately 75 employers have already signed on and combined have over 5000 vacancies.

“Although the most recent jobs data still shows relatively low employment, that’s still 25, 000 people without jobs in our area alone. There’s great opportunity in industries like construction and healthcare because they are finding it harder to fill vacancies so it’s not surprising that those are well-represented again this year,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of Capital Area Workforce Development Board.

Other industries represented include criminal justice, hospitality, information technology, local and state government, and non-profits.

“It’s our 9th year and we’re thrilled that several new businesses with all kinds of positions will be recruiting with us. The NCWorks Career Center in Raleigh is offering a workshop to prepare job seekers for the true purpose of job fairs which is to network and help recruiters put a face to the resume. Career changers can also discuss their skills and learn what they may need to transition,” said Kimberly Wheeler, CAWD Director of Business Engagement.

Admission is free for job seekers.

A full list of employers and event details are available online.

CAWD AWARDED LAURIE MORAN PARTNERSHIP AWARD BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WORKFORCE BOARDS

Raleigh, NC (April 1, 2019) – Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWD) was awarded the Laurie Moran Partnership Award by the National Association of Workforce Boards. The award recognizes workforce boards that have formed significant partnerships with chambers of commerce to advance workforce and economic development in their local region. CAWD shares the award with The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce/Wake County Economic Development program.

“I am really proud to share this award with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. As partners, we understand that an important part of economic development is ensuring a skilled workforce can support business and economic growth. Receiving the Laurie Moran Award signifies that we are doing it right,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD.

“It is an honor to be recognized with the Laurie Moran Partnership Award,” said Adrienne Cole, president and CEO of the Raleigh Chamber. “We are privileged to partner with the Capital Area Workforce Development Board. Their expertise and unwavering collaboration is vital to developing our world-class employment base.”

The award comes on the heels of the 10th anniversary of HCL Technologies’ move to Cary, North Carolina. The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce/Wake County Economic Development and CAWD forged partnerships with Wake Technical Community College and NC State University to recruit the global tech enterprise by demonstrating local workforce capabilities that have enabled the company to grow and employ 1300 people. CAWD executive director Pat Sturdivant appeared on the official agenda with NC Governor Roy Cooper.

The award is named in honor of Laurie Moran who served in Danville, Virginia on a local workforce board and was President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce from 2002 until her passing. Moran built many bridges in her community, jointly promoting the importance of interdependence of workforce and economic development.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 largely funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education and others in Wake and Johnston Counties, the organization has developed state and nationally-recognized workforce programs, connected businesses to the education system and workforce resources, and helped thousands to gain employment and contribute to the prosperity of the community.

CAWD Launches Catalyst 20/20: Up To $20,000 to Train Existing Workers

Raleigh, NC, March 5, 2018 – 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.

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

Companies can use the funds to train individual contributors, leaders, departments and/or teams. Training can consist of technical training, certifications, leadership development, soft skills, professional development, or whatever the business deems important.

Interested businesses can email catalyst2020@wakegov.com or call (919)856-6040.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 largely funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education and others in Wake and Johnston Counties, the organization has developed state and nationally-recognized workforce programs, connected businesses to the education system and workforce resources, and helped thousands to gain employment and contribute to the prosperity of the community.

Participants Needed for YouthBuild Construction Training and Education Program

Raleigh, NC, January 30, 2018 – Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD) is looking for youth and young adults to participate in YouthBuild. YouthBuild provides education, construction skills training, and job placement opportunities to eligible 16-24 year olds from areas of Raleigh with higher poverty rates and unemployment. Participants will build affordable homes for low-income families during the training.

“In Wake County alone, the construction industry is projected to grow over 2,000 jobs in the next five years, but employers have jobs they can’t fill today. This program is one way to help fill that talent pipeline and connect young people with limited education, training and work experience to a field with long-term career potential. The fact that the hands-on portion of their learning will occur as they work on affordable housing is really the icing on the cake,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at CAWD.

Partners for the project include City of Raleigh, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, North Carolina Home Builders Association, Associated Builders and Contractors – Carolina Chapter, and NCWorks.

Interested applicants or their parents can access all eligibility requirements and additional information at here.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 largely funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education and others in Wake and Johnston Counties, the organization has developed state and nationally-recognized workforce programs, connected businesses to the education system and workforce resources, and helped thousands to gain employment and contribute to the prosperity of the community.