CAWD Wins ‘Youth Program of the Year’ Award For Apprenticeship Prep Program

Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD) has won the 2022 Youth Program of the Year award for its apprenticeship prep program that prepares youth and young adults prepare for in-demand occupations. The award was presented by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). CAWD’s team accepted the award at NAWDP’s 2022 Youth Symposium in Charlotte on Nov 14. Governor Cooper proclaimed November 13-19 as Apprenticeship Week to recognize how apprenticeship programs strengthen North Carolina’s economy and to help young people across the state.

CAWD’s program is a pre-apprenticeship that provides occupational training in the classroom and hands-on training at local businesses. The first two cohorts studied electrical work and the next will introduce students to tech careers. Once complete students have the option to move into a full apprenticeship, continue their education, or enter the workforce.

According to, 93% of individuals who complete an apprenticeship retain employment with an annual salary of $77,000. Apprentice graduates earn over $300,000 more over their lifetime compared to peers who take traditional routes to employment.

Pat Sturdivant, CAWD Executive Director said “More and more employers are learning about the benefits of having an apprenticeship program as workforce dynamics are changing. With an apprenticeship, they can actually create and retain the talent they need. Giving youth an opportunity to earn an increasing wage as they progress through various education and training components is what makes apprenticeships unique and we love being able to provide such an opportunity.”

Parents and potential participants interested in more information about CAWD’s apprenticeship prep program should contact Pauline Massaro at 919-578-2118 or [email protected].



About Capital Area Workforce Development
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, we have 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. On July 1, 2022, CAWD’s service area expanded to include Chatham and Lee Counties. We are champions of economic development through workforce excellence.