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.
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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.
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.