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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.

Business Input Needed for Regional Skills Analysis

The region was on pace for incredible growth and development prior to COVID-19. While it might take time to regain that momentum, the Regional Skills Analysis can help us get on track as it’s important to understand the subtle nuances of our workforce.

As workforce leaders, we your participation. This survey is not a study that will be put on the shelf. It will inform programming necessary for recovery and a quality talent pipeline.

If you are a business leader, please take the Regional Skills Analysis 2020 survey or forward to your HR/site lead for completion. We want to hear from all industries and businesses of all sizes!


Local sponsors of Regional Skills Analysis 2020 are RTI, Wake County Economic Development, Capital Area Workforce Development and the City of Raleigh.

IT Beginnings is Back!

IT Beginnings is for young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 interested in tech careers. Every business needs information technology employees and IT Beginnings provides opportunities to build skills, obtain a certification, personal skills needed to land a job, and so much more!

IT Beginnings is free, but you must apply. Classes are held at 900 South Wilmington Street in Raleigh.

For more information, download the flyer or contact Bradley Upchurch at 919-996-5524 or bradley.upchurch@raleighnc.gov.


This program is presented by City of Raleigh, CAWD, and Wake Tech!

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.


May 22, 2018 – OPW, maker of fuel containment systems, will be interviewing candidates at the NCWorks Career Center in Clayton from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm! This is your chance to talk to recruiters about multiple positions with hourly wages between $10.60 – $13.35/hr! Don’t miss it.

Sign up at NCWorks.gov on the events calendar or visit the center for assistance.

There’s More to Career Readiness Than A Good Resume

Essma Boucteb graduated from UNC-G with a degree in Communications Studies. She looked for jobs in many different areas and got little to no response from her efforts.  Searching for solutions online, she came across NCWorks and the Backpacks-to-Briefcases  (B2B) program. It was appealing because it was for young people just like her; recent graduates who were running into the same roadblocks as she faced.

It was difficult for Essma to demonstrate her skills to recruiters and hiring managers.  Limited work experience and an inability to gain any type of specialized work experience made it challenging for her to be considered a worthy candidate. Through the career readiness courses offered by the program, she learned many skills such as how to write an effective resume and how to tailor applications to a specific employer. Luckily, she was able to get an interview as she was completing the Backpacks to Briefcases courses and the firm happened to attend a B2B networking event!

This gave her the opportunity to market herself in person. After the event, the hiring process quickly accelerated…in Essma’s favor! She received an offer from Personify, a recruiting firm, where she was hired as a Talent Management Executive/Phase 1 Recruiter. #ncworksworks!


Get Out of Dead End Jobs!

NCWorks exists to help everyone – regardless of education level or where they are on the career ladder.  And in today’s competitive job market, college grads have it just as hard as everyone else. Stephanie is one such recent grad who wasn’t having success in her attempts to find find full-time employment. As a result, she was working 2 part-time jobs, neither of which was related to her video production major.

One way to employment, if all goes well, is through an internship.  Stephanie’s search for one in her field ended with 40 rejections. Then she heard about NCWorks NextGen’s Backpacks-to-Briefcases program which specializes in getting recent grads into the workforce. NextGen got her an internship at Uptone Pictures and now she’s a full-time video editor at UNC-TV! Congratulations, Stephanie! #ncworksworks!

IT Beginnings Class – Apply Here!

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.


Hiring Event: Two Hawk Employment Services

Event date: March 14th at 10:00 a.m

Event location: NC Works Career Center at 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina NC 27526

Two Hawk Employment Services is hosting a hiring event in Fuquay-Varina. They are currently hiring 100+ production workers, and four forklift drivers.  No experience necessary. Requirements: be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening, reference checks.

To attend, please register at ncworks.gov