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Initiative: 1.31 Develop, pilot and expand employment opportunities through a Good Jobs and Equity program

Shared Economic Prosperity


This initiative will explore the feasibility of building an apprenticeship program to create equitable career opportunities and pathways into quality jobs within City Government for Durham residents. If determined to be feasible, the program will focus on historically disadvantaged city residents who do not have bachelors’ degrees. The lack of a college degree is one of many systemic barriers faced by Black and Brown residents between the ages of 18-29 in Durham.  

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Why is it important?

An apprenticeship program is one way to address systemic barriers for residents without bachelor’s degrees. If determined to be feasible, it will enable access to stable, quality jobs and career paths for historically disadvantaged Durham residents. The goal is shared economic prosperity and the best way to create this pathway is within City government, where the vision of inclusivity is driving new ways of thinking about attracting and retaining talent.  

What have we been doing?

  • Forging Partnerships (Durham County & City of Raleigh)
  • Info Gathering (WIOA, Apprenticeship NC Raleigh, Seattle, San Francisco)
  • Collecting Classification info and sharing with HR
  • Engagement with Apprenticeship NC and Durham Tech
  • Families & Workers Fund Grant acceptance


What's next?

  • Followup Meetings with Departments, Apprenticeship NC and Durham Tech
  • Meetings with Seattle and San Francisco
  • Collaborating with HR, OEWD and Departments
  • Feasibility Study Completed
  • Recommendation to Executive Team and Decision Point
  • Good Jobs & Equity Summit
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Pilot #1 Begins
  • Measurement
  • Grant Acceptance
  • Developing Grant Criteria 


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