Residents of all ages, must have the ability to compete for good paying jobs to live fulfilling lives and save for their futures. Our efforts connect workers to high demand occupations and assist those with barriers to employment.
The city developed a workforce development program that provides skills and training as well as supportive services to help people obtain and keep jobs. Areas of training included residential and commercial construction, highway construction, and broadband and fiber-optic cabling.
- To date, the program has had 102 enrollments (goal of 90), with an 80 percent graduation rate (goal of 80 percent); 75 percent job placement rate to date (goal of 70 percent)
- The program engaged approximately 40 employers
Corporate Advisory Councils
The city formed and convened three Corporate Advisory Councils – one for each Project P.I.E.C.E. training area in Residential and Commercial Construction, Highway Construction and Broadband and Fiber Optic Cabling.
- The partnership extends connections with agencies including Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Urban League of the Central Carolinas, Exodus Foundation and International House.
- Councils span 40 employers including Rodgers Construction, One Path, Lane Construction, RJ Leeper Construction, Messer Construction, Charlotte Water, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Charlotte Department of Transportation.
Expansion of Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP)
MYEP was founded in 1986 to improve neighborhood quality of life through community engagement strategies that ensure children are safe, succeeding in school and supported by the community. Housing & Neighborhood Services expanded the program in 2017.
- City government offered 411 paid internships (completed as of June 30) with 378 of those internships being part of MYEP
- 2,231 students and 102 vendors participated in the 2017 Charlotte Career Discovery Day
- 1,006 youth received job and career readiness training
- 70 MYEP host employers
The Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance (MMA)
MMA convened more than 50 local mentoring and youth serving agencies to learn from one another and to share best practices for mentoring children and youth.
- 204 attendees including 68 Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers participated in MMA ‘Mentor 101’ and other workshops to learn how to become the best mentors possible.
- Based on agency responses, more than 15,000 children have been exposed to mentoring opportunities through agency participation in MMA workshops.
- MMA partnered with the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition, Double Oaks, Hidden Valley and Grier Heights for National Night Out (NNO) celebrations in August 2017. Staff representing 20 community mentoring agencies connected with neighborhood residents to become mentors.
Youth Job Fairs
Housing & Neighborhood Services offered youth job fairs to connect young residents with job opportunities.
- In total, youth job fairs have resulted in creating job and career related touchpoints with 649 residents, with 349 attending job fair events hosted by Housing & Neighborhood Services.
- At least 23 of the job fair attendees were in a new job opportunity within the first three months of attending a fair.
- Two youth job fairs targeted 16-24 year olds to connect them directly with employers that were actively hiring since April 2017.
- In May 2017, a partnership was established with retailers at the Charlotte Premium Outlets, as well as Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Charlotte Works and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, providing additional wrap-around services, which reduce barriers to entry for 18-24 year olds.
- In total, 158 individuals from the target group attended the event, along with 11 participating employers and four community partner organizations.
- Of the 33 open positions represented at the event, 19 people have received job offers to date.
- Housing & Neighborhood Services’ Youth Programs partnered with the CMPD in August 2017 to host a Youth Job Fair that provided an opportunity for Charlotte’s young residents, 16-24, who may have a pending criminal charge, prior arrest or prior conviction on their record to meet and interview with employers that hire from within this population.
- In total, 24 employers participated, representing dozens of open positions in locations across Charlotte. A total of 175 job applicants participated in the event.
- Youth Programs partnered with CMS in July 2017 to help recruit for open positions in the CMS system.
- 16 people attended these information sessions. Four candidates have secured job offers to date.
Tech Charlotte provides 16-24 year old residents with technology experiences, industry education and application and career pathways.
- Tech Charlotte launched in April 2017 with an initial commitment of $50,000 from Microsoft at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
- Recruited from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools MYEP eligible list with all candidates either attending a Title I school or residing in a Charlotte Housing Authority property.
- Aug. 11, 2017 Tech Charlotte Youth Celebration and Showcase at the Foundation for the Carolinas.
Economic Development Department Alignment
City government created a new Economic Development department to focus on enhancing and creating economic opportunities for a range of people and utilizing the lens of equitable economic development.
Charlotte Business Resources and Small Business/Entrepreneurial Support
Charlotte Business Resources aims to connect residents with the information needed to start and run a successful business. The web portal offers a community-wide collaborative effort to save business owners time and money. The city’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development team advocates for the needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs, provides networking opportunities and connects resources.
- CharlotteBusinessResources.com web portal has seen over 20 percent increase in usage from last year.
- Economic Development recorded eight podcasts to feature information on how to start and grow a business as well as highlighted local entrepreneurs sharing their success stories.
- Economic Development partnered with Mecklenburg County on a survey of local small businesses that assessed needs, challenges and opportunities doing business in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
- Living Cities Accelerator team wrote a successful proposal focused on increasing procurement with minority-owned businesses both within city procurement and by local corporations and anchor institutions.
Charlotte Works offers nationally recognized workforce programs to provide local talent with the tools and resources to successfully gain employment and worked with businesses to help create local jobs.
Urban League of the Central Carolinas empowers the community to attain financial stability and social justice in a global economy through education, training and placement.
Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont provides services and supports to allow individuals and families to gain the skills and confidence to pursue career opportunities that will provide long-term stability, as well as connect area businesses with qualified employees.
MeckEd is an independent, nonprofit organization who seeks to ensure all children in Mecklenburg County have access to an excellent public education that results in the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to lead productive, successful lives.
Communities In Schools (CIS) seeks to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. As the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, CIS is helping build a stronger local community where every child is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential.
Right Moves For Youth is a non-profit located in Charlotte NC that provides programs in CMS with a focus on dropout prevention for student’s grades 6-12.
Y Achievers, a national YMCA program helps teens improve academic performance, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options plus interact with professionals who serve as role models.