Just as we have been getting used to a new normal for our lives in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial inequities, and the tragic deaths of several individuals in recent weeks have all contributed to light a firestorm of protest that has brought injustice and racism to the forefront of our conversations and compelled us to confront the racism in our society.
The North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards (NCAWDB), through our network of NCWorks Career Centers, is committed to providing all residents with the career services, resources and support needed to achieve economic prosperity. This includes support such as tuition assistance for credential attainment, work experience opportunities and employment assistance, along with supportive services that help to remove barriers to employment. Workforce Boards work with thousands of employers to connect them with the skilled talent they need.
At our core are the following values:
- We value the voices, experiences, cultures, intellect and multidimensionality of all people;
- We value the ability of individuals and support system change in ways that make racial justice possible;
- We value diversity and believe that equity and inclusion make us stronger;
- We value honest, open and clear communications, and voicing and sharing our viewpoints with integrity even when difficult, unpopular, or risky;
- We value relevance and resourcefulness in the face of changing social, economic, political, and ideological environments; AND
- We will continue our work in making our services and programs accessible and open to all individuals, especially communities that have been traditionally underserved.
From education, skills training, work experience, and employment, local workforce development boards are dedicated to assisting individuals in gaining the skills needed to obtain employment that allows them to provide and thrive.
While so many elements of the future remain uncertain, in collaboration with our leadership, local Workforce Development Board members, and Directors, NCAWDB will continue to support a workforce system that is inclusive and continue to advocate for all residents.