The City of Charlotte, through its Neighborhood & Business Services Department, will invest more than $1 million in a workforce development program targeting “job training in high-demand industries, including construction”, according to Charlotte Business Journal.
The investment is intended to address labor market shortages and “increase job opportunities among those with barriers to employment” through “career-related training in residential and commercial construction, highway-related construction, fiber optics, and broadband training. Program participants will have access to career centers and other services throughout the program, including mentoring and coaching.”
A partnership with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont and the Urban League of Central Carolinas, the program intends to place participants into related career paths such as full-time employment, pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships once training is completed.
Corporate advisory councils specializing in specific training areas “will advise on curriculum, build rapport with participants and be potential employers,” reports the paper.