MFG DAY: not your grandfather’s factory job

October 19, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works joined forces with the Manufacturing Institute and other co-producers to celebrate National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) on Friday, October 4. Although Charlotte Works didn’t sponsor an event, the organization does support the MFG DAY mission: “MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, […]

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Broken leg fixes skills enhancement

September 13, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

Janet Kirkpatrick doesn’t yet know what her next professional opportunity will be, but she knows she’ll be closer to being computer-ready for it whenever it presents itself. Her 33-year career as a registered nurse in the medical intensive care unit and Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy ended when she broke her leg in November 2011. “It was […]

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Attention Mecklenburg County employers

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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On-The-Job Training grants help entire community

August 18, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

Who wouldn’t want to be part of an initiative that fills an employer’s hiring need and puts a skilled worker back on the job – thereby strengthening the entire community? That’s a question pondered by both Sheila Hemphill, Charlotte Works’ On-The-Job Training (OJT) manager, and Shari Wright-Harley, executive director of Connections BWB, who is currently […]

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New in-school program aims to engage more youth, fill talent pipeline

July 14, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

“We have to begin to close the skills gap with youth, because it’s not going happen with our seasoned workers alone,” says Youth Works Director Danielle Frazier to describe the overall goal of the initiative’s new in-school program, set to launch with the 2013 – 2014 school year. “It’s about getting youth to see the […]

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Charlotte takes bold step to close skills gap

Charlotte Works Staff

Although the arrival of GIZ didn’t make much of a splash in Charlotte’s local media, back in Germany the news of GIZ’s first U.S. office made front-page news across the nation. GIZ, or Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, is the nonprofit arm of the German government that will be working with community colleges, workforce […]

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