In April 2014, Governor Pat McCrory announced a new initiative, called NCWorks that brings together North Carolina’s workforce partners with one name and one goal: Connecting NC talent to NC Jobs. The initiative focuses on five steps that will connect NC employers with the NC employees they need to succeed in our state and will help our citizens improve their quality of life.
I am honored to be a part of a local committee co-chaired by Ann Butler from Sampson Community College and Rosalind Cross from the Triangle South Workforce Development Board. The local committee is charged to scan the needs of our businesses and the effectiveness of our workforce programs based on industry feedback. Locally, we are chargedwith gaining information from 10 industries, focusing on workforce. This statewide initiative starts mid-September and isto be completed by January 2015. Collectively, the group will gain information from 1,000 companies in 100 counties in 100 days.
As stated by the initiative announcement, “North Carolina is home to a great workforce and strong businesses who build their success on that great workforce. But business and industry across the state, like their counterparts around the country, say they can’t find the qualified employees they need.”
“How can North Carolina help these businesses and ultimately help North Carolinians find promising careers? First, we want to understand the problems by deploying local NCWorks teams to listen to business needs and then bring all the federal, state and local resources available to respond to those needs.”
“In short, “1,000 in 100” is about giving North Carolina’s industry a chance to talk and our workforce professionals a chance to listen, as one, so they can offer solutions as one. That’s how NCWorks.”
I am honored to be a part of this committee led by co-chairs Ann Butler and Rosalind Cross. I look forward to listening to our local industries and their workforce needs. After the industries data is gathered, it will be submitted on a statewide level for review and recommendations.
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(Janna Bass is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.)