North Carolina has launched a major initiative called NCWorks to promote a cohesive strategy for workforce development across the state.
The announcement was made by Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker at an event held at the Caterpillar plant in Sanford, NC.
Korey Coon, human resources manager at Caterpillar, is also the chair of the NC Commission on Workforce Development.
Gov. McCrory said he is continuously pleased to see more and more people finding jobs in North Carolina, but added that it was important to remain focused on getting people back to work.
The Governor said they are officially launching NCWorks to focus on one goal – connecting North Carolina jobs with North Carolina people.
Sec. Decker said that developing a stronger workforce means helping the backbone of the economy statewide, and added that the North Carolina Community College System has been an integral partner in this innovative project, and they will all be working closely in the months ahead to make NCWorks a success.
Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the NC Community College System, was present at the event in Sanford. Ralls said that as the state’s designated leader in workforce training, the community colleges are pleased to be a part of the NCWorks initiative.
Ralls added that by aligning resources and focusing their services, North Carolina’s workforce system can open up new opportunities for both citizens and businesses.
The plan begins immediately, and the NCWorks website is already functional. “NCWorks Online” is now the main one-stop resource for employers and jobseekers in North Carolina.
Jobseekers will be able to create resumes, search and apply for jobs, and find education and training. Employers will likewise be able to use the website for posting jobs, finding candidates and searching for labor market information.
On the ground, hundreds of workforce professionals in North Carolina will focus on connecting the state’s residents seeking jobs with employers. Will Collins, executive director of NCWorks, said they have an aggressive plan to work with partners and visit 1,000 businesses in all 100 counties in 100 days.