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N o r t h C a r o l i n a P r o g r e s s B o a r d. A High Performance Workforce. And a Quality Education. 21st Century Workforce Commission.
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NorthCarolina Progress Board A High Performance Workforce And a Quality Education
21st Century Workforce Commission • “Every American youth and adult needs 21st Century Literacy…the ability to read, write, and compute with competence, think analytically, adapt to change, work in teams and use technology.”
Workforce 2020 by Hudson Institute • “Technology and globalization will boost demand for skilled workers.” • “Tomorrow’s jobs will require higher skills.”
“North Carolina needs workers who are better educated, better trained, more flexible and able to use technology” • Rural Prosperity Task Force • Vision 2030 • North Carolina Rural Economies in the Digital Economy • Strategic Plan of the NC Commission on Workforce Development
Labor Force Trends to 2006 • 8,414,000 people in NC by 2010 • Labor 16-24 increase • 25-34 decrease • 45-54 increase • Women, minority and ethnic groups increase ESC Labor Market Division
Occupation Trends • Service Sector - 39% • Business, health and education services will account for 58% of that increase • Employment and temporary help agencies and computer programming firms - fastest growing part of business sector ESC Labor Market Division
Occupation Trends cont. • Trade Sector - 21% • Manufacturing decrease to 18.14% -but actual employment will remain stable ESC Labor Market Division
Fastest Growing Occupations by Percentage • Computer scientists, engineers and systems analysts - 119 - 236% • Therapists and their assistants - 100-143% • Home health aides - 97% • Child care workers - 89% ESC Labor Market Division
Fastest Growing Occupations by Job Growth • Cashiers • Registered nurses • General Managers and executives • Nursing aides and orderlies • Salesperson, Retail • Managers and administrators • Child care workers ESC Labor Market Division
Fastest Declining Occupations by Job Growth • Textile machine operators • Farm workers • Sewing machine operators • Textile machines setters • Typists ESC Labor Market Divison
Employment Outlook • 170,296 job needed each year through 2006 • 48.3% through expansion • 51.7% from replacement • Growth in all major occupational groups except Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing ESC Labor Market Division
Wage and Skill Disparities • Computer analysts, nurses, and executives need higher skills and receive higher wages • Cashiers, salespersons and home health aides - lower skills and lower wages ESC Labor Market Division
Issues • If we want good jobs with good wages then how we do we address fact that many jobs will be in low-skill, low-wage areas? • Skilled trades are losing many workers to retirement. How do we attract younger workers to these professions?
Workforce Development in NC • 49 programs - in seven state agencies • Community Colleges • Public Instruction • Department of Commerce • Department of Labor • Department of Health and Human Services • Department of Administration • Department of Corrections
Major Initiatives • Workforce Investment Act • JobLink Career Centers • JobReady • Welfare Reform • Community College System • New Focused Training and Certification Programs • ESC and Community Colleges - NCStars.org
Issues • Does state need a consolidated approach and reporting system for workforce development? • Will industry be seeking a bigger role in education and training? Ex. Cisco and Nortel academies
Vision for High Performance Workforce North Carolina workers will adapt quickly and continuously to changing demands of the workplace through their abilities to use information, think analytically, work in teams, and use technology….Employers will recognize employees as an important asset and provide compensation and work environments that values workers.
Goals for High Performance Workforce • North Carolinians will have the knowledge and skills needed to adapt to the ever-changing economy including the abilities to think critically, work in teams, and perform technological functions required in the workplace. • North Carolinians will have a system designed for preparing workers for the changing economy that links government, education and employers.
Workforce Goals cont. • Employees will have access to continuous learning opportunities for updating knowledge and skills so they can use changing technologies and new production processes in the workplace and be competitive in the global economy. • Workplaces in North Carolina are safe places for employees to work, provide competitive salaries, offer growth opportunities and respect workers.
Quality Education for All • North Carolina will have an education system where every child has an opportunity to succeed, where every graduate will be ready for work and where all citizens will have access to continuing education opportunities.
Education Goals • North Carolinians will have a basic 14-year education, and graduates can demonstrate competencies in teamwork, communication skills, problem solving, use of numbers, data and technology. • North Carolina colleges and universities will prepare students for a knowledge-oriented economy and society, have current curricula and equipment, and have financial assistance for those who require it to secure post-high school education and training.
Education Goals cont. • Primary, middle and high school students in North Carolina will have access to schools that create a learning environment in which every student can reach his or her potential.