• CAWD Launches CATALYST20/20: Grants of up to $20,000 to Train Existing Workers

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    April 02, 2018
    Raleigh, NC, April 2, 2018 - Capital Area Workforce Development Board is pleased to announce the immediate launch of CATALYST 20/20, a program offering up to 20,000 to eligible businesses in Wake and Johnston counties for the training and development of their existing workforce. CATALYST 20/20 seeks to fuel growth, productivity and profitability of our regional businesses by strengthening the knowledge and skills of their employees.

    “Many of our training dollars have been used to upskill those who are looking for work, but enhancing the skills of current employees is a must. Otherwise, the business won’t be able to keep up with global competition and everybody loses. Being able to offer CATALYST 20/20 to business customers is how we fulfill our vision of economic development through workforce excellence,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director of CAWD.

    “Research shows that continuing education reduces employee turnover and directly impacts an organization’s bottom line. CATALYST 20/20 provides a mechanism for spurring a level of employee engagement that some businesses haven’t been able to offer. Launching this program is another way of connecting employers with solutions that meet their talent needs,” said Kimberly Wheeler, CAWD’s Director of Business Engagement.

    Companies may use these funds to train individual contributors, leaders, departments and/or teams. Training may include technical training, certifications, leadership development, soft skills, professional development and more, ultimately aligning efforts with what’s needed for their future growth and success.

    Businesses interested in learning more are encouraged to contact CAWD at catalyst2020@wakegov.com or call (919)856-5663.

    About Capital Area Workforce Development Board

    ​CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 largely funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education and others in Wake and Johnston Counties, the organization has developed state and nationally-recognized workforce programs, connected businesses to the education system and workforce resources, and helped thousands to gain employment and contribute to the prosperity of the community.
    Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director
    (919) 856-6048

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