Workforce Development

Whether you’re looking to recruit, screen, hire or train employees, the state offers a wide variety of workforce solutions to help your business reach its goals—and North Carolinians reach their potential.

It’s all through NCWorks

As the statewide workforce system, NCWorks provides free services and programs to businesses in North Carolina. With more than 80 Career Centers across the state, in addition to an online hub, NCWorks’ extensive network of workforce professionals understands the specific labor force, training opportunities and challenges in your community. They can simplify the process of addressing your employment needs.

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When it comes to finding the talent you need, NCWorks provides services to help your business hire more confidently. In addition to supplying employers with candidate and job market trends, NCWorks can assist you in your candidate search, as well as managing your job postings and applicants. 

Learn more about recruiting services.

Making sure existing and future employees have the skills they need to help propel your business often requires training. That’s why NCWorks offers several different programs, through classroom instruction and on-the-job training, to ensure they’re up to the task. We can even help develop customized training and offer potential reimbursement opportunities to employers.

Learn more about job training assistance.

Fulfilling your labor needs and navigating farm-related regulations can be challenging. NCWorks’ agricultural employment consultants can help with both—as well as processing foreign labor job orders, registering farm labor contractors and providing migrant housing consultations.

Learn more about agricultural workforce.

Businesses benefit greatly from apprenticeships. They allow you to train potential employees to best meet the specific needs of your business and their role—providing the ultimate control over the skills and knowledge they receive. Learn more about existing apprenticeship programs or developing your own.

Learn more about apprentice programs.

Consulting services

Business Edge provides collaborative services that help North Carolina employers examine their needs and find ways to succeed. Our workforce professionals can help create customized, quickly deployable solutions to ensure you have the workforce your organization needs to flourish.

Sector Strategies are employer-led, regionally-based collaboratives that give industry a voice. With North Carolina sector strategies, employers define and set the agenda. We help bring partners and resources together to focus on the needs of an industry sector.

Unemployment insurance

Access everything you need regarding unemployment insurance and related services through the Division of Employment Security. You can apply for an Employer Tax Account Number, post job openings, access related account information and forms, read the latest news and more.

Workforce grants

North Carolina knows a skilled workforce is key to attracting jobs and spurring economic growth. That’s why we offer a number of grants and other incentives to support training and expand skills—all of which directly benefit workers, employers and their communities.