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How You Can Help Solve the “Homework Gap” to Refill the Talent Pipeline

Many of our members experience the skills gap on a daily basis. When you’re looking to grow, expand, or hire, you may struggle to find the right talent with the appropriate skills for your open positions. It’s a challenge the NC Chamber is constantly thinking about and working on, but today, I’m pleased to share one way you & your…

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ICYMI: Expanding Pre-K Access is a Win for NC Students

One of the greatest challenges facing North Carolina’s job creators is the growing shortage of workers with the adaptable life skills they need to thrive in modern jobs. This is the skills gap, and it impacts workers and employers in countless industries. While there are a number of ways we can start to close the skills gap and strengthen our…

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Aligning NC’s Education Goals with Our Workforce Needs

Aligning the goals of North Carolina’s strong education systems with the needs of the state’s rapidly evolving workforce is a must if we’re to close the skills gap long-term. From apprenticeships to events like Manufacturing Day, the business community and our education systems are already working together to cultivate better alignment but there’s still more to do. It is for…

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Apprenticeships Aren’t Just for Blue Collar Jobs

For many, the word apprenticeship strikes an immediate association with an outdated stigma that’s not reflective of today’s programs. Long associated with blue collar industries, apprenticeship programs are now expanding into major corporations to train talent for white collar jobs, changing the landscape of apprenticeships across the country. This Washington Post article explores this change and its impact on our…

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This Charlotte High School is Changing Workforce Development

There’s no question that the skills gap is an impediment to competitiveness and unfortunately, it’s a challenge afflicting industries in every corner of the state. In order to close the skills gap long-term, we must support effective K-12 public schools that fully prepare students with 21st-century career-training opportunities. It is this experience that will ensure students are career and college…

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National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight: McCreary Modern

In honor of the third annual National Apprenticeship Week, we are highlighting our member companies’ leading apprenticeship programs. Over the last five years, the number of apprentices nationwide has grown drastically, with more than 545,000 apprentices across the country – many of whom call North Carolina home. For our final feature of the week, we’re showcasing McCreary Modern’s apprenticeship program.…

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National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight: IBM

In honor of the third annual National Apprenticeship Week, we are highlighting our member companies’ leading apprenticeship programs. Over the last five years, the number of apprentices nationwide has grown drastically, with more than 545,000 apprentices across the country – many of whom call North Carolina home. Today, we’re highlighting IBM’s apprenticeship program, which launched just last month. IBM has…

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National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight: Bühler Aeroglide

In honor of the third annual National Apprenticeship Week, we are highlighting our member companies’ leading apprenticeship programs. Over the last five years, the number of apprentices nationwide has grown drastically, with more than 545,000 apprentices across the country – many of whom call North Carolina home. Given today’s #WorkReadyWednesday falls during National Apprenticeship Week, we’re continuing our series of…

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National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight: Caterpillar

In honor of the third annual National Apprenticeship Week, we are highlighting our member companies’ leading apprenticeship programs. Over the last five years, the number of apprentices nationwide has grown drastically, with more than 545,000 apprentices across the country – many of whom call North Carolina home. Today, we’re excited to feature Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction…

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National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight: Wayne Brothers Incorporated

In honor of the third annual National Apprenticeship Week, we are highlighting our member companies’ leading apprenticeship programs. Over the last five years, the number of apprentices nationwide has grown drastically, with more than 545,000 apprentices across the country – many of whom call North Carolina home. On this first day of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re excited to shine a…

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