The economic impact of COVID-19 will be felt for years to come, but according to the regional Cape Fear Talent survey, employers are still hiring. Over 55% of employers surveyed since mid-March indicated their businesses would grow over the next three years adding between 9,600 and 17,500 new jobs to our region.
Join us virtually on September 1 to hear about the skills, education, and training employers need from our regional talent pool to fill these jobs.
We are pleased to invite you to join Cape Fear Collective and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce on September 1 to discuss the results of the Cape Fear Talent survey. With almost 500 regional employers surveyed, the presentation will include information on the skills, training, and education needed by regional employers for current and future job openings. The data will be used to inform economic recovery and shared with education and training providers for targeted improvements in the regional talent pipeline.
ABOUT CAPE FEAR TALENT
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Collective partnered with RTI International, an independent non-profit research institute, to launch a regional analysis of the workforce and employment challenges in the Cape Fear region, a six-county region that makes up Southeastern North Carolina. Approximately 500 employers across multiple industries responded to the survey.
RTI International conducted the survey and will be presenting the data, free to attendees, on September 1. A full report of the survey will also be accessible on our website following the event.
The survey had several objectives including:
Understand both short and long-term hiring needs
Inform training and education providers of the needs of the current workforce
Provide workforce information for policymakers
Develop an effective cradle-to-career talent pipeline
Create an efficient structure for ongoing industry feedback
Cape Fear Collective and the Wilmington Chamber were pleased to partner with many regional organizations. These partners included, but were not limited to, the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board, Brunswick Business & Industry Development, Columbus Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Greater Wilmington Business Journal, Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington (NEW), North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Wilmington Business Development, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Live Oak Bank, nCino, Duke Energy, District C, North Carolina Business Committee for Education, The Honor Foundation, Brunswick Community College, Cape Fear Community College, Columbus County Schools, New Hanover County Schools, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington among others.
This data will be critical in supporting our community’s economic bounce back in the aftermath of COVID-19, ensuring a collaborative, equitable, and streamlined series of initiatives that will have a lasting impact on our region.