Workforce & Training

Workforce statThe southeastern region has a workforce of over 530,000 people employed in a diverse spectrum of industry sectors - advanced manufacturing, food processing, defense contracting, biotechnology, research, nuclear energy research and manufacturing, and many others. North Carolina workers have the highest productivity rates of all fifty states in the nation. Eleven percent of the regional workforce is engaged in manufacturing. The workforce is growing in the region, as more companies choose to locate and expand here, and as the excellent quality of life attracts people form around the nation and the world.

A Right-to-Work State

North Carolina is an “at-will” employment state and one of 23 states with a “right-to-work” law. The most recent numbers reveal the State of North Carolina has the lowest unionization rate in the nation (1.9%).

Industry Training

The North Carolina Community College system offers customized industrial training to new and existing companies. The 59-campus system is the third-largest community college system in the country and is nationally renowned for its training programs. Each of the eleven community college’s serving North Carolina’s Southeast maintains new and existing industry training programs. 

Summary of Customized Industry Program

All training is customized to the company’s needs, and is structured by the company and community college to help the company in creating jobs, investing in new machinery and equipment, or streamlining processes for efficiency. It includes pre-employment assistance, qualified instruction and training, facilities and equipment, and supplies and customized materials. Actual instruction and training can be done through college personnel, through the company by offsetting the costs of instructor wages, through third party vendors, and through “Train-the-Trainer” programs that provide start-up training to newly hired North Carolinians.

 Other training features include:

  • Customized media development
  • Process manuals
  • Orientation and process DVDs and interactive learning solutions
  • Classroom, on-the-job, and lab training
  • Computer based interactive programs and 3-D simulation
  • Job profiling
  • Pre-employment assessments

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