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North Carolina Initiative Targets Manufacturing Skills Gap

In a recent nationwide survey, over 80 percent of manufacturers said that the shortage of skilled workers impairs their business. To help close this “skills gap”, the North Carolina Chamber Foundation has become the certifying organization for the NC Works Certified Work Ready Communities initiative. The program seeks to align education and workforce at county levels, which will support the state’s manufacturing sector find workers with the skills necessary to help their companies thrive.

Currently, there are 30 North Carolina counties either certified or working toward certification. Counties looking to apply for local certification are encouraged to download and complete the application package. Organizations can also pledge support for the NC Works Certified Work Ready Communities initiative at the Work Ready Communities Web site.

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