As Wayne County, North Carolina approaches the 6,000 mark for Career Readiness Certificates (CRC) awarded, reflection on the WORKS Initiative (started in 2006) reveals a model for success in workforce development that is unprecedented, thanks to those who pioneered the design and implementation of this phenomenal initiative.
Wayne County has accomplished what many small communities would say is impossible: Creating a workforce development program with quantitative and measurable results that meets the demands of employers and employees alike. By taking a supply/demand approach to workforce development, Wayne County has been able to address both the employers’ need for qualified workers and the differential advantage for qualified job seekers.
With over ten percent of the available workforce in Wayne County holding a CRC, and the numbers continuing to rise, it is no wonder that Wayne County has solidified its place as the model for community workforce development in the state of North Carolina and the nation.
Many companies in Wayne County are realizing the benefits of hiring certified… are you?