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Initiative: 1.32 Expand employment opportunities for individuals facing barriers to employment

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Individuals facing barriers to employment, such as prior justice involvement, seen and unseen disabilities, skills and/or educational backgrounds that don't match current job opportunities, and lack of permanent housing, also face higher unemployment and discrimination in the workplace. This initiative aims to use the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program to connect individuals facing barriers to employment with resources, skill-building, training, and other wrap-around support. 

Key Measures & Data Analysis

The chart highlights the number of individuals who have enrolled in or completed the NC Training 2 Work program. Check back soon to see data related to the Pathways to Home, a program that serves people exiting incarceration.


NC Training 2 Work Program

Why is it important?

Assisting individuals facing barriers to employment is essential for fostering shared economic prosperity in a community. By promoting inclusivity and diversity in the workforce, communities can tap into untapped talents and skills, contributing to a more equitable economic environment. This can reduce income inequality, enhance social mobility, and strengthen community resilience by empowering a diverse workforce. Building a skilled workforce through inclusive employment practices attracts businesses, stimulates economic growth, and meets the diverse needs of the local labor market. Creating opportunities for individuals facing barriers to employment is a holistic strategy that benefits individuals, the workforce, and the community as a whole.

What have we been doing?

  • NCWorks holds hiring events with employers that are friendly to jobseekers with barriers and disabilities.
  • Informing employers of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, Federal Bonding Programs.
  • Making certain jobseekers with barriers know the employer is open to speaking with them regardless of their barrier

What's next?

  • Extending opportunities to Jobseekers with barriers to participate in Work Experiences and On-the-Job Training with a company willing to give them a second chance
  • Planning a return home from incarceration simulation for employers to feel what justice involved individuals face when searching for employment

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