Workforce & Talent

The Centralina Workforce Development Board (WDB) and our local NCWorks Career Centers work together to help businesses and workers become more competitive. The Centralina WDB partners with educational institutions and businesses to create strategies to serve career seekers and help businesses seeking talent. In addition to preparing workers for career pathways, our NCWorks Career Centers also support businesses by helping them recruit and train a qualified workforce.

In the 2022-2023 fiscal year, we made over 14,000 job referrals, provided 1,424 employers with 20,200 services and served over 16,000 career seekers. The employment landscape continues to change, and these services are now needed more than ever. Centralina WDB will continue to look for innovative ways to help our region’s career seekers and businesses as we work towards a strong, vibrant economy.


Business Services

We assist businesses with workforce issues and needs by offering recruitment and job posting assistance, job retention strategies and training to help bridge the skills gap.

Career Seeker Services

We offer career information and job search guidance for a variety of in-demand and emerging industries in our region through our NCWorks Career Centers. We also offer workshops and on-the-job training to teach individuals the necessary skills to become more qualified candidates.

UpSkill Centralina Grant

This competitive training grant is offered to employers needing help addressing a skills gap with current employees. The goal of the initiative is to support business growth and strengthen the stability and competitiveness of our regional workforce. It also helps increase the skills of employees, making them even more productive now and more marketable in the future.

Centralina WDB Mobile App

This no-cost, award-winning app is a one-stop location for career seekers and employers to access Centralina WDB and NCWorks Career Center resources and services. Find information on hiring events, workshops, employer services, career assessments and more.

Centralina Career Pivot

This webtool is designed to help workers seeking to pivot from low-skill jobs at risk of automation to related jobs that are more stable, pay better or may require new skills. Users can filter data by career type, job stability, education requirements, automation risk, jobs that offer higher wages and industries with an abundance of available jobs.

NextGen Services

This initiative targets the “next generation” of workers, youth ages 16-24. It offers career education and guidance, mentoring, internships, work experience and opportunities for training and certifications.


Workforce & Talent Resources