Cape Fear Talent: Regional Workforce Skills Analysis
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Collective have partnered with RTI International, an independent non-profit research institute, to launch a regional analysis of the workforce and employment challenges in the six-county region that makes up Southeastern North Carolina. Business leaders responsible for growth and hiring decisions in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow, and Pender counties are encouraged to participate. The goal is to analyze a minimum of 500 responses from businesses of all sizes and across all industries in our area.
RTI International will be conducting the survey and compiling the data. The database will help inform and prepare local workforce development partners. The survey has several objectives including:
- Understanding both short and long-term hiring needs
- Informing training and education providers of the current workforce needs
- Providing current workforce information for policy makers in workforce, education, and economic development
- Developing an effective cradle-to-career talent pipeline
- Creating an efficient structure for ongoing industry feedback
To help spread the word about the survey and encourage businesses to participate, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Collective are partnering with the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board, Brunswick Business & Industry Development, Columbus Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Greater Wilmington Business Journal, Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington (NEW), North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Wilmington Business Development, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Live Oak Bank, nCino, Duke Energy, Cape Fear Collective, District C, North Carolina Business Committee for Education, The Honor Foundation, Brunswick Community College, Cape Fear Community College, Columbus County Schools, New Hanover County Schools, University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
This data will be critical in supporting our community and economy bounce back in the aftermath of COVID-19, ensuring a collaborative, equitable, and streamlined series of initiatives that will have a lasting impact on our region.
MyFutureNC Partnership and ‘Cradle to Career’ Data Collection
In partnership with the North Carolina MyFutureNC Initiative and the New Hanover County School District, Cape Fear Collective is supporting efforts to promote data collection and sharing through the a statewide ‘cradle to career’ dashboard. We will continue to collaborate through the MyFutureNC Initiative as the Collective begins to move our region’s workforce development and attainment collective impact initiative forward.