Each new legislative session presents an opportunity for us to work on policies that impact workforce development and get us closer to solving the skills gap, and we’re excited for what’s ahead this year. However, many business leaders often ask me if there’s anything they can do today to address hiring challenges across the state. Fortunately, there is something you can do: participate in Students@Work month this March.
One major challenge to solving the skills gap is the lack of awareness or interest from the students who could fill open positions in the future. That’s why a number of great organizations in North Carolina are working diligently on increasing awareness among middle and high school students. To that end, the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) and the NC Department of Public Instruction are coordinating the Students@Work month in March and I encourage you and your business to participate.
Students@Work is a month of themed weeks where North Carolina businesses are encouraged to open their doors to middle school students so they can see the opportunities that exist for their futures. Middle school is a crucial time to reach these students because it’s when they begin planning their high school curriculum and choosing their own classes. Businesses are encouraged to sign up using the Navigator, an online marketplace where employers can connect with educators by offering expertise, opportunities, and more.
If you’d like to learn more about Students@Work month or participate, you must register by the end of this week (February 15th) or contact Robyn Mooring. If you’ve already signed up to participate, let us know by emailing our communications team so we can help amplify your work. Every opportunity to address the skills gap and build up our talent pipeline matters, and we’re looking forward to seeing all the exciting events this March!
Gary J. Salamido
Chief Operating Officer and Acting President