Workforce by the Numbers: Charlotte Works expands data, labor market research efforts

Workforce by the Numbers: Charlotte Works expands data, labor market research efforts

March 18, 2016 | Charlotte Works Staff

Workforce by the Numbers is our monthly look at the statistics and data that are shaping the workforce in the Charlotte region.   Those in workforce development (local government, education and nonprofit leaders) have a need for accurate and current data for decision-making. And research is a major component of Charlotte Works’s 2015 Strategic Plan […]

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Strategic plan takes shape in first half of year

February 19, 2016 Charlotte Works Staff

As Charlotte Works approaches the second half of the program year, it’s important to take stock of our strategic plan and our progress toward its goals. In June 2015, former President and CEO Steve Partridge launched the strategic plan with a discussion of its areas of focus to positively affect the workforce and the community. Since […]

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New Year’s resolution

January 16, 2016 Charlotte Works Staff

2016 is shaping up to be a busy year. The first few weeks have seen volatility in world equity markets, and soon we’ll finally see the beginning of the presidential election cycle. We’ve also seen year-end job numbers that seem to defy the global slow-down. As I look closer to home, l see construction cranes […]

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Holiday wishes from Charlotte Works

December 18, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

Hope is one of the most powerful tools a community can use to bring prosperity to all residents. Yet, rather than promote this tool, we are bombarded each day with messages of fear that sap our hope and divide our community. Not so long ago, we, as a nation, believed that anything was possible and […]

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Our mistake: Our children’s future

October 16, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

On a recent visit to Charlotte, U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Chris Lu spent some time meeting with a group of youth enrolled in Youth Works programs. It’s amazing, the level of insight and discussion youth people can provide when thoughtful questions are asked. Deputy Secretary Lu’s question that generated the most discussion was, “What could […]

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WIOA Spring Training: Start now for 2016!

September 18, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

“Spring training” is a deceptive title: spring training for baseball starts as early as February. And the spring quarter or semester at your local college or university actually begins in January. So although the temperature is warm now, it’s time to think about the winter. Admission deadlines at many institutions are rapidly approaching. Through the […]

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Youth pre-apprenticeship program kicks off at CATS

July 17, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

Last month, community partners packed a training classroom at the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) maintenance facility to launch a pre-apprenticeship pathways program. Four students who are enrolled in Charlotte Works’ Youth Works program are participating in classroom and hands-on training that includes topics such as transit care, information technology, operations and finance. The 14-month initiative is […]

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A vision for Charlotte’s future

Charlotte Works Staff

Last month, Charlotte Works’ board of directors adopted a new strategic plan to continue the transformation started back in 2011. The three major issues our new plan addresses are economic mobility, system capacity-building and labor market intelligence. As employers struggle to find skilled workers, it’s becoming increasingly clear that a great many of our neighbors […]

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Employer Extra: The benefits of hiring a veteran

Charlotte Works Staff

Hiring veterans is not only good for business, but a smart decision when considering the skills needed to fill current positions in a tight job market. As of late, the job market has become tight due to the uptick of skills gaps in not only technical, but also soft, skills of candidates. As hiring managers […]

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The new world

June 19, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

Over the past few years, more and more thought leaders have spent their time trying to explain the reason for the growing economic stratification that’s occurring in the U.S. and abroad. In the book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, author Thomas Piketty uses historical data to show that the high-concentration of wealth we are seeing today […]

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