Don’t “fall” for the warm weather: Start the WIA Classroom Training scholarship grant process today!

May 15, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

You may be enjoying the spring’s blue skies and green grass, but you should be thinking about fall’s yellow leaves and crunchy brown grass underfoot, says your NCWorks Career Centers’ talent development team. Just as some high school students are receiving college acceptance letters to start their next life adventure in August or September, job-seekers […]

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The dark side of low unemployment

March 13, 2015 Charlotte Works Staff

The past five years brought difficult times to many Charlotteans as unemployment shot up to double digits and all of us knew a family member, friend or neighbor impacted by job loss. The silver lining of an unusually high unemployment rate was the fact that Charlotte could market itself as a ready-to-work mecca for employers […]

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Workforce by the numbers: Business and finance still our economic engine

October 17, 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. With the great recession in our rear-view mirror, employment in business, finance, sales and marketing are well above pre-recessions levels and forecast to experience stable growth […]

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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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In-school youth program wraps an action-packed year

July 18, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

In 2012, Charlotte Works’ board of directors decided to begin serving in-school youth for the first time in seven years. They wanted to engage youth while still in high school to provide the wrap-around services needed to help them graduate and become career- and/or college-ready. For the past two years, we’ve been providing education and […]

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Connecting the classroom to careers: Youth Business Connector launches

April 17, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works launched the Youth Business Connector (YBC), a new free, online tool that connects employers and educators to provide real-world career experiences for students, at a press conference on April 8. Nearly 60 guests packed the large classroom at the Employer Engagement Center to learn about this first and only tool of its kind in […]

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Meeting employer needs: closing the soft-skills gap

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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Attention Mecklenburg County employers

January 17, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Increase your bottom line by improving your employees’ skills with an Incumbent Workforce Development grant (IWDG)! Awards of up to $25,000 are available to boost your employees’ value to your company and help your business compete both regionally and globally. The IWDG program offers competitive retention-solution grants that qualifying businesses can use to address their […]

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New web portal connects youth, businesses

December 13, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

Many reports and studies show that the skills gap is increasing at a rapid pace. Thousands of positions go unfilled every day because of the lack of a skilled workforce. Education requirements are also on the rise. A high school diploma alone may no longer lead to a successful, sustainable career. Educating our youth about […]

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Charlotte Works is out and about

November 15, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

It’s been a busy few weeks for Charlotte Works! We’ve travelled near and far to share stories about our success with local and state elected officials and national policymakers: On October 28, president and CEO Steve Partridge attended the Charlotte City Council’s dinner meeting to educate council members about our work. He shared information about […]

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