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Work Ready Forsyth

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Businesses in North Carolina, Forsyth County and Kernersville are thriving, but the biggest issue impeding their continued growth is the growing shortage of workers with the adaptable skills needed to succeed in the modern workplace. Our members at the Kernersville Chamber and other chambers are deeply concerned about the skills gap, which is why we are advocating for solutions to bolster our talent supply and fill North Carolina’s talent pipeline. By leaps and bounds, education and talent supply are the top concern weighing on job creator’s mind in a recent CEO poll performed by the NC Chamber.

However, an important step has been taken in Forsyth County. The County Commissioners recently decided it was time for the community to put a focus on our talent supply. So the county has applied to become a North Carolina Certified Work Ready Community (NCCWRC). Currently in NC, there are 62 counties that are participating which means, 62 counties are working every day to become more competitive for economic and job growth than Forsyth County.

In NC, the NCCWRC is a collaboration of members form the Office of the Governor, NC Chamber Foundation, NC Community College System, NC Department of Instruction, NC Department of Commerce, regional economic development professionals and local community college leaders.

What does this mean for Forsyth County, now that county leaders made the decision to become certified?

  • Business and industry gain confidence that Forsyth County has a skilled workforce and a considerable talent supply
    Individuals/Students understand what skills are required and therefore know how to prepare themselves for success
  • Allows policy makers to consistently measure the skills gap and work on adjustments
  • Educators can help close the skills gap via tools integrated into career pathways with industry credentials
  • Economic developers can use an on-demand reporting tool to market the quality of the workforce and therefore, become a more competitive marketplace

In order to become certified the Forsyth County effort is called, Work Ready Forsyth. Thankfully, Forsyth County is already 84% of the way to becoming certified. However, business engagement is critical and needed.

What we are asking is for your company to join AK Commercial Realty, Reynolds, Duke Energy, Hanesbrands, Caudills Electric, Novant Health, Vulcan Materials, the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce and many others to simply say you SUPPORT the effort by lending your company name to this important effort. It’s that simple. Will you help our students, our workers, our businesses and our economy by lending your support? A sign up form is attached with directions or you can email to Chris Comer, chriscomer@kernersvillenc.com

Click here for a current list of supporters – https://www.workreadycommunities.org/NC/067/businesses

More information about this important effort will be coming out in January 2019 concerning Work Ready Forsyth, but here is some detailed information about the NC Certified Work Ready Community Certificate.