The impacts of COVID-19 have created unprecedented challenges for Charlotte’s workforce. The City of Charlotte, along with key partners in the community, has developed strategies to mitigate these challenges by providing skilled training opportunities for our residents and capacity-building grants for our workforce development partners. The intent is to increase the resources available for training and career placement, and leverage this public funding with private sector support where possible. The following programs are currently available to Charlotte residents and Charlotte-based organizations.
Renewable Energy and Efficiency Workforce (RENEW) Training Program
The Renewable Energy and Efficiency Workforce (RENEW) Training Program provides workforce training opportunities in HVAC and Electrical Trades
The City of Charlotte, in partnership with Urban League of Central Carolinas and Goodwill Industries of Southern Piedmont, provide 13-16 week classes that teach basic skills for the HVAC and Electrical industry and work to place graduates in successful full-time employment opportunities.
Occupational skills covered in this training program include:
- Basic heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (“HVAC”) training, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and building automation systems
- Basic electrical training that can lead to job placement in facility management, electrical trade work, solar/photovoltaic panel installation and maintenance, and/or vehicle maintenance and charging infrastructure careers
- General energy management accounting concepts
City of Charlotte Workforce Partners Support Programs
The city has awarded $3.5 million to workforce partners to provide programs to our residents. Below is the list of past opportunities:
- See past opportunities
Grant RecipientDescriptionUNC Charlotte, Continuing Education:
UNC Charlotte Continuing Education partners with the City of Charlotte to offer Career Comeback Scholarships
UNC Charlotte Continuing Education received grant funding from the City of Charlotte to support scholarships for individuals affected by furloughs, layoffs, unemployment or underemployment due to COVID-19, who pursue training and certification through UNC Charlotte Continuing Education certificate programs. This is eligible to participants in the following programs: Paralegal, Project Management Certificate, Medical Coding Certificate, Human Resources Certificate, Business Analysis Certificate, FinTech Bootcamp, CyberSecurity Bootcamp, Data Analytics Bootcamp, Coding BootcampInformation Technology Development ProgramInformation Technology Development Program will provide virtual, world-class technology training and experience scholarships at no price to students from 9th grade and up, in the Charlotte Metro Area.Rev Tech Labs, LLCFunding will be used towards the purchase of technology and software platforms to expand program offerings around entrepreneurship and small business support.Tech ElevatorFunding will be used to provide free tuition for a 14-week software development training program targeted towards Charlotte residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.YMCA of Greater CharlotteFunding to purchase technology and hotspots to offer more virtual job fairs and soft skills trainings, opportunities for online employment research, and access to online job postings, job training and virtual interviews.Urban League of Central CarolinasSupport from the COVID-19 Response Fund will be used for general operating support to build a stronger, more sustainable infrastructure to meet the needs of our clients virtually.City Startup Labs, Inc.Funding for a Digital Navigators program that will train and deploy re-entry population to install public wi-fi at selected locations and serve as technology trouble-shooters to uncover, assess and support an array technology access issues.Tech Talent South, LLCTech Talent South will provide software development training opportunities for entry-level as well as mid-level roles.Center For Community Transitions, Inc.Center for Community Transitions will launch a virtual counseling program, Seeking Safety, in partnership with the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office.Community Culinary School of CharlotteFunding will be used to purchase additional commercial kitchen equipment to expand training offerings, as well as work-based-learning stipends for interns working in the catering company and café.Global Vocational Training Center IFunding will be used to purchase upgraded equipment and technology to support training in HVAC, Electrical and Solar Trades.E2D, Inc.Purchase of additional laptops and technology to decrease the digital divide in Charlotte.Junior Achievement of Central CarolinasFunds will be used to purchase upgraded hardware and software, licensing agreements, program advertising, and technical support and training towards the virtual implementation of the JA Ignite program offered to CMS students.Carolinas Aviation MuseumIn partnership with Queen City Robotics Alliance and CMS Title-1 middle schools, Carolinas Aviation Museum will provide three levels of afterschool career-focused virtual STEM/aviation education programs over a 6-week period engaging 50 Title 1 middle school students from Coulwood STEM Academy, Druid Hills Academy, and Wilson STEM Academy.Advocations LLCFunding will be used to expand the operational capacity of Advocations workforce development program for individuals with disabilities.Academy of Goal Achievers, IncFunding will be used to provide training scholarships, supportive services, and technology, as well as increase staff’s capacity to support their Youth Career Mentoring Program.Throwing Words, LLCPurchase of technology and marketing materials to expand virtual career awareness and coaching services to youth affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thrive Hiring Grant Program
The Thrive Hiring grant is an incentive provided to mid-sized Charlotte businesses that are hiring multiple employees as an incentive to boost job creation and to help put displaced Charlotte residents back to work. Companies will receive $5,000 per hire so long as companies and positions hired for meet eligibility requirements (see below). Companies have to commit to hiring a minimum of 5 people and may be incentivized up to 15 hires.
The grant will be given for hires made after March 1st, 2021. Companies may invoice the City on May 1st, 2021 for hires made. All payouts will be made by June 30th, 2021 at the latest.