Workforce by the Numbers: Growth amid uncertainty

December 19, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works is pleased to continue Workforce By The Numbers, spotlighting workforce research from around the region. Data and analysis are provided through our partnership with the Charlotte Chamber.   As the U.S. economic recovery continues gradually to build momentum, North Carolina and Charlotte are leading the charge. The region’s unemployment rate has fallen nearly […]

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Working Smart in the workplace: Soft-skills training solution on the way

October 17, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Recently ABB, the power and automation technologies company, added the following “Main Responsibilities and Accountabilities” to its job profile: People-related skills upholds ethics and values; demonstrates integrity; promotes and defends equal opportunities; encourages organizational and individual responsibility towards the community and the environment demonstrates an interest in and understanding of others; adapts to the team […]

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Enhancements make Youth Business Connector easier for employers, educators to connect

Charlotte Works Staff

The Youth Business Connector (YBC) is a web-based clearinghouse developed through a collaboration among employers, schools and community organizations that are working together to build career education partnerships in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Through relevant career education opportunities and experiences, local employers build a future pipeline of qualified employees and our region’s students gain valuable career […]

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“Ultimate Upfit Makeover” for Charlotte’s NCWorks Career Centers

September 19, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Two local N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS) offices and Charlotte Works have collaborated for the past six months to radically improve local job-searching through an “Ultimate Upfit Makeover.” Out with sparse cubicles, clunky furniture, dingy tile flooring, slow computers and long lines of clients! In with new carpet, Spacia (wood flooring), vibrantly colored chairs, new […]

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Workforce boards: Leaders in creativity

August 15, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

The signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law last month was a major triumph for those of us in the workforce development field. The bipartisan bill will push more accountability and connectivity of regional workforce resources across our nation. Yet, for far too long, many of our nation’s nearly 500 local […]

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Pardon our mess as we work to serve you better!

July 18, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Starting in the next couple of weeks, you’ll begin to see some exciting changes and improvements being made at the Charlotte Main and Charlotte South offices of the N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS). Some of the upgrades to our staffs and services will include: career coaches to provide one-on-one coaching, full-time resource associates to assist you […]

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Meeting employer needs: closing the soft-skills gap

April 17, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Consider these findings from the Closing the Gap: 2012 Skills Survey of North Carolina Employers, conducted by the N.C. Association of Workforce Development Boards: “Communication and Interpersonal Skills represents a primary gap in workplace soft skills. Critical and Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving were also frequently indicated. “Businesses indicated that improved Soft Skills/Personal Effectiveness training […]

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Lowe’s “never stops improving” hiring

Charlotte Works Staff

Lowe’s Home Improvement’s tagline, “Never stop improving,” seems to apply to more than just a new sink, garden swing or any other enhancement to your home: it also pertains to how the company seeks and hires new employees, as the 54 Charlotte Works clients who attended the company’s information session on January 6 as part […]

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Employer Extra: Show me the money?

Charlotte Works Staff

When hiring new staff members for your growing business, important questions to ask are: What skills do I need? How much experience am I looking for? What about education? In addition, perhaps most importantly, how much should I pay? Setting the right salary is crucial for the growth and success of your business. Pay too […]

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OJT grant engineers success for job-seeker, employer

March 14, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Albeiro Loaiza chased his dream of freedom to America from Colombia in 2002. “I believe in freedom,” he says, “and I think America, for me, is the best country in the world to provide freedom for me and for my kids.” His children, now 22 and 24, graduated from UNC Charlotte (on the same day) […]

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