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Participants needed for Youthbuild education and training 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 Capitalareancworks.com.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
The Capital Area Workforce Development Board is a public-private partnership that focuses on economic development by offering services that provide employers with skilled workers and offer citizens training and employment opportunities that promote job satisfaction and economic stability.
Media Inquiries: Brenda Wilkerson, Communications Manager
919.856.5390
brenda.wilkerson@wakegov.com

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Wake County Inmate Employment & Education Initiative

More than 500 ex-offenders entered in the NCWorks system last program year, an indication of the necessity for employment services geared specifically for this population. CAWD already holds resource fairs featuring multiple community organizations at the Raleigh career center. Now, CAWD has assumed a lead role in helping the Wake County Detention Center provide more seamless workforce and support services for inmates serving short sentences at the center.

Participants should be able to progress through a series of offerings that help them with life skills, personal improvement, and prepare them for  long-term success in the work world.  Activities should lead to jobs that can support a family and offer career potential. Not only must inmates be able to access educational opportunities that lead to high school completion and post secondary credentials, the program must offer a sustainable transition and reentry process that ensures coordinated employment and supportive services for offenders released from detention.

NCWorks Career Centers will play an integral role during the incarceration period as well as after release.

 

 

 

 

Game-changing Pathways Strategies: Know the Terrain

Workforce development impacts the economic landscape of the region. The Triangle Regional Career Pathways Collaborative, which consists of CAWD, Durham, and Kerr-Tar workforce development boards, is holding it’s first professional development series for those who have a role in career advisement.

Career Development Coordinators (CDCs) AudienceQ&Afrom the region’s public schools and career advisers from community colleges will join workforce development professionals for a 1/2 day program about where the jobs are, where the jobs will be, regional trends affecting the type of workers businesses are looking for, and much more.

One of the main highlights will be a Q&A with individuals that work in high-demand occupations within the region’s target industries. This will enable attendees to gauge real-world knowledge, skills, abilities, personal qualities and attitudes necessary to excel in those careers.

If your career advisers would like to attend, they can register here.

 

At the Table For Economic Developers

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Economic developers have a big job – getting businesses to come (attraction), to stay (retention), and grow (expansion).  Often, this includes understanding and communicating information about the current and future workforce, and the historic and projected performance of various industries. CAWD believes strongly in economic development through workforce excellence, the result of which should be a strong talent pipeline that will feed the needs of employers regardless of where they are in the business cycle.

Economic developers are an important link to the business community. Whether we are providing letters of support that articulate services we will provide their business clients, or they are partnering with us on grant applications and industry projects, working together is the best means of conveying a commitment to their success.

CAWD has been involved in several economic development projects, including the expansion of Relias Learning which will bring 450 new jobs to Cary, Novo Nordisk’s expansion that will bring 600 jobs to Johnston County, and Silicon Valley start-up Walk Me’s new location in downtown Raleigh.

 

 

Pictured:
Chris Johnson, Director, Johnston County Economic Development
Adrienne Cole, Executive Director, Wake County Economic Development

	

Capital Area Workforce Development Board Establishes North Carolina’s First Specialized NCWorks Career Center to Help Transitioning Veterans

Raleigh, NC, December 5, 2016 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWD) established North Carolina’s first Specialized NCWorks Career Center to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce. The center is located in the North Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters at 1636 Gold Star Drive in Raleigh. It was certified by the NCWorks Commission in November.

“Once out of the military, many veterans head for more populated areas where the jobs are, like the Triangle. Employers love hiring veterans, but sometimes they need additional skills to compete. A certified center provides access to more resources to make that happen, so we were persistent in getting a certified center specifically for veterans in our area,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of Capital Area Workforce Development Board.

“This certification comes after two years of combined efforts between the EEC (Education and Employment Center) and NCWorks teams to help employ our military services members and their families. It will be extremely beneficial,” said Major Sara Day, Director at the new center.

NCWorks Career Centers are located throughout the state and are overseen by local workforce boards. An alliance between the National Guard, CAWD, and the NC Division of Workforce Solutions was necessary to certify the National Guard EEC as the first Specialized NCWorks Career Center. Training scholarships, on-the-job training opportunities, and other employment-related services are now available in a convenient location frequented by military personnel.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
The Capital Area Workforce Development Board is a public-private partnership that focuses on economic development by offering services that provide employers with skilled workers and offer citizens training and employment opportunities that promote job satisfaction and economic stability.
Media Inquiries: Brenda Wilkerson, Communications Manager
919.856.5390
brenda.wilkerson@wakegov.com

Capital Area Workforce Development Board Receives $1.1M to Provide Temporary Jobs for Workers Displaced by Hurricane Matthew

Raleigh, NC, November 9, 2016 – Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWD) received $1.1 million dollars in federal disaster funds to provide temporary jobs for workers displaced by Hurricane Matthew. The jobs will be with government agencies in Johnston County that are assisting with recovery efforts, including clean up and facilities repair, humanitarian aid, and social services.

“It’s easy to see the physical damage that Hurricane Matthew has caused, but there are also ramifications in terms of lost jobs that challenge available resources. Through this program, we can help people get back to work and at the same time, help the community get back on its feet,” said Pat Sturdivant, CAWD Executive Director.

Anyone in Johnston County who lost their job, temporarily or permanently, due to the storm can qualify for the program. The long-term unemployed and others who lost jobs due through no fault of their own, such as layoff or business closure before the storm, may also qualify. CAWD has contracted with JCI to run the program in Johnston County.

Individuals interested in these jobs should contact Taylor.Kirks@jcindustries.com or call 919-815-3675.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
The Capital Area Workforce Development Board is a public-private partnership that focuses on economic development by offering services that provide employers with skilled workers and offer citizens training and employment opportunities that promote job satisfaction and economic stability.
Media Inquiries: Brenda Wilkerson, Communications Manager
919.856.5390
brenda.wilkerson@wakegov.com

Employers Look to Fill 3000 Jobs

WRAL Capital Area Career Expo Reflects Where Needs Are

Raleigh, NC, July 25, 2016 – The Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWD) is hosting the WRAL Capital Area Career Expo on August 4th at NC State’s McKimmon Center from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Over 70 employers will be present and combined have over 3000 jobs to fill. Many are in high-growth industries with in-demand occupations that are difficult to fill.

“We weren’t surprised that a construction firm like S.T. Wooten would sign up because finding skilled trade workers is an industry-wide challenge in construction. But several other organizations that aren’t related to construction need them too. Just like IT people are needed everywhere, maintenance technicians, electricians, equipment operators and engineers are also needed by manufacturers, rental companies, and state agencies. They all offer tremendous career opportunities,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of Capital Area Workforce Development Board.

Recruiters representing healthcare, information technology, retail, social services, law enforcement, and others, will also be present. A full list of employers and available jobs is available at www.capitalareaexpo.com.

About Capital Area Workforce Development Board
The Capital Area Workforce Development Board is a public-private partnership that focuses on economic development by offering services that provide employers with skilled workers and offer citizens training and employment opportunities that promote job satisfaction and economic stability.
Media Inquiries: Brenda Wilkerson, Communications Manager
919.856.5390
brenda.wilkerson@wakegov.com