As the workforce population ages and the boomer generation moves into retirement, the number of jobs they leave behind will continue to grow, while the number of qualified employees to fill them will continue to fall short. Local companies/organizations such as Greenville Utilities Commission, Hyster-Yale Group, DSM Dyneema, and the Pitt County Development Commission currently invest in their future to ensure their workforce is stable; now it's time for the Chamber to invest too.
In the effort to address talent and workforce needs on a local level, the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce has committed to create a program designed to assist in educating and raising awareness within our schools, exposing students to future career paths and creating excitement and energy at an early age.
In late summer 2018, the Chamber will work with the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plain to launch a pilot program for selected students in the clubs to partner with local businesses committed to bringing the students in to experience life in their business and expose them to possibilities in their future. Following this pilot program, a more extensive plan will be finalized to launch in March 2019, in conjunction with NC Students@Work Week, opening the program to all middle and high school students and matching them with local businesses for a real life, hands-on experience in the field.
Exposing students to careers they may not know exists, or further exposing them to a field they are already exploring, is only the first step in the process of training and retaining local talent. If we start the process or assist along the way with the great work of our community and local businesses, we'll start to move the needle on the skills gap and workforce development, and that's exactly what we're aiming for.
We cannot do this without the support of our local businesses. To join the growing list of local businesses committed to this work, please fill out the form below or contact Kate Teel for more information.