Cleveland Community College is partnering with area agencies as part of the “1,000 in 100” workforce initiative. The initiative includes visits to 1,000 companies in 100 days across North Carolina. The goal is to determine which types of skills are in demand and how to train workers to meet the need.
According to Governor Pat McCrory, who publicly announced the initiative last week in Charlotte, 40% of employers say they are having a hard time finding workers to fill certain jobs in North Carolina. Jobs in information technology, advanced manufacturing, construction, and travel and tourism are areas in the Charlotte region in need of skilled workers.
Teams of workforce development partners from Cleveland County began visiting local businesses and industries in early August to hear their challenges and successes related to finding and retaining high-quality employees.
The Cleveland County effort is being led by co-chairs Bruce Mack, Director of Corporate Training at CCC, and Tim Mathis, Director of the Region C Workforce Development Board. The local initiative includes representatives from Cleveland Community College, the Region C Workforce Development Board, Division of Workforce Solutions, Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership and Cleveland County Schools. The group has selected the companies for each visit as well as the teams to conduct the visits.
“This is a great opportunity for us to partner with these agencies and bridge the skills gap between the employee and employer,” says Mack.
Mathis agrees, “The 1,000 in 100 initiative provides us with a wonderful opportunity to listen to the needs of our business customers. We are honored to partner with Cleveland Community College and other stakeholders to take these vital steps in serving the needs of our community.”
The initiative will conclude at the end of 2014. The information gathered will be paired with other research and best practices to develop recommendations for changes within North Carolina’s workforce system to better serve businesses and citizens.