InnerVision’s SNAP site helps hardest-to-serve populations get back to work

May 16, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

“So many of the people we serve don’t even think they can make it in the workplace,” says Dr. Cheryl Nicholas, CEO and director of InnerVision. “But they have the desire to work. Human beings feel better when they’re supported, so we create a safety net for individuals’ vocational aspirations.” The 11-year-old organization provides employment […]

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Employers: Grow your business while growing your staff

Charlotte Works Staff

Impact your bottom line while improving the skills of your new hires with an On-The-Job Training (OJT) Grant! On-The-Job Training (OJT) Grants target business needs by training newly hired employees in skilled positions. Participating Mecklenburg County employers are reimbursed 50 to 90 percent of the salaries ($6,000 to $20,000) of their OJT trainees while these […]

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Leaves are falling in the world of WIA

Charlotte Works Staff

It may be May, but to paraphrase Led Zeppelin, leaves are fallin’ all around, it’s time you were on your way! Which means that if you’re interested in getting Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Classroom Training funds for post-secondary educational programs that start this fall, it’s time for you to be on your way in the process […]

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For this client-volunteer, Charlotte Works is “North star”

Charlotte Works Staff

Deborah Craig discovered Charlotte Works as a client about a year-and-a-half ago. “I was so impressed with the workshops I took and the instructors,” she says. “My background is in learning and development and I went to Julie [Paul, volunteer manager] and said, ‘Can I volunteer?’ and she said, ‘Sure!’ and I’ve been teaching and […]

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Get social in your job search

Charlotte Works Staff

Social media is at the forefront of every industry and is in the news constantly. Where else can we share our opinions, likes, commentary and status in real time to such a vast audience? Nowhere. So if you want to be effective in the digital age, you have to develop an online presence. Social media […]

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News and notes

Charlotte Works Staff

It’s been a busy month since our last issue and we have lots of news and notes to share: Board elects new officers At its April meeting, Charlotte Works’ board of directors elected new officers. Dan Roselli, Packard Place, will serve as chairman; Toya Allen, Cornerstone on Demand, will serve as vice chairman; and Jerome […]

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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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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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Congratulations! They’ve landed!

Charlotte Works Staff

Charlotte Works congratulates the following clients who have recently landed positions! Soledad Alvarado was unemployed for less than three months and credits the “friendly people” at Charlotte Works for helping her find employment quickly. Shortly after she lost her job in January 2014, Alvarado began attending workshops at the Employee Engagement Center and using the […]

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