Building better workforce systems 23 ways

We help every workforce system in North Carolina make our communities better places to live and work.

The North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards was founded to help make the important work of all 23 workforce development boards in North Carolina and their partner organizations even more effective. And that’s what we do. Every day we help more people and businesses all across North Carolina gain access to the programs and services that make ours one of the most skilled, productive, and motivated workforces in the nation.

Partners for growth

By law, the majority of membership in local workforce development boards (51 percent) comes from the private sector—local employers. As representatives of private industry, we share a governance responsibility to ensure that resources including in our communities reflect the workforce needs of our communities. We do this in part by directing funds, made available through the Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act, to execute programs that make a real difference for people and businesses in our community. We also do it by guiding the efforts of North Carolina’s NCWorks system in every region. These resources give workers and employers access to information, training and other services from all our partnership organizations through a single, convenient location.

Our Strategic Direction

Vision: North Carolina workforce boards are best-in-class with the most competitive workforce in the nation.

Mission: NCAWDB enhances and supports the work of the local Workforce Development Boards through strategic advocacy, partnership convening, and capacity building enabling businesses to prosper economically and remain competitive by providing a highly qualified, motivated workforce.

Developed in 2016, our strategic direction outlined here supports our Vision, Mission and Goals.


Empowering businesses and jobseekers

A newly passed law, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act combines federal resources with local expertise to help drive growth of our communities. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.