One of North Carolina’s greatest strengths is our educated and engaged workforce.

But in today’s competitive global marketplace, where North Carolina competes for top talent with economies around the world, we must do more to strengthen our workforce and fill the talent pipeline.

The NC Chamber advocates for a comprehensive approach to education policy and works on issues ranging from early childhood education and K-12 public schools to community college and university education, as well as workplace learning initiatives like apprenticeships. Two of the top priorities identified by our Workforce Readiness Committee are increasing 3rd grade reading proficiency and increasing career relevance in high school classrooms.

We strive to better align education systems with the needs of our modern workforce because we know the skills gap—or the lack of workers with the right skills, talent, and experience for open positions—is a top concern for our members. Through initiatives like the NC Chamber Foundation’s Apprenticeship Council, we’re fighting to strengthen North Carolina’s talent pipeline and solve the skills gap.