Health and Safety Training Grant Helps Small Businesses Reopen Safely
Raleigh, NC, July 7, 2020 – Capital 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.
Capital Area Workforce Development Board is pleased to announce the immediate launch of CATALYST 20/20, a program offering up to $10,000 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.
Catalyst 20/20 is very flexible and can be used for certifications, technical training, leadership development, and other subjects deemed important to the employer. Delivery methods are also flexible, such as e-learning, online, or bringing in an outside provider. Companies can use the funds to train individual contributors, leaders, departments and/or teams.
“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 with global competition and everybody loses. Being able to offer Catalyst 20/20 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.
Interested businesses can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application or contact Kimberly Wheeler at (919)856-6040 or email@example.com for full details.