Gov. Roy Cooper declared the week of Nov. 6, leading up to Veterans Day, “Employ a Veteran Week” in the state, highlighting the services in the state helping veterans find employment.
Cooper said that veterans can find help at any of the more than 80 NCWorks Career Centers where staff are prepared to help veterans make the transition to civilian life and find employment opportunities that match up with their skills. “Our veterans have unique skills and experience in leadership and teamwork that make them excellent candidates for jobs in many areas,” Cooper said. “I am committed to supporting our veterans so that service members at our military bases decide to make our state a permanent home as they transition out of uniform.”
North Carolina is home to more than 730,000 veterans, according to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statistics for fiscal year 2016, though the state reports the number as being closer to 800,000 currently.
Nationally 6.6 percent of the adult population are veterans, but in North Carolina that figure rises to 9.31 percent.
“The staff at our NCWorks Career Centers are trained to help veterans find work or continuing education that fits their skill sets and provides for them and their families,” NC Department of Commerce Secretary Anthony Copeland said. “The NCWorks staff and the employers who partner with them connect veterans to life-changing careers and opportunities.”
NCWorks Career Centers provide programs and services to help individuals increase their skills and obtain meaningful employment.
Visitors receive personalized assistance with a specialist to help determine services available through NCWorks or other community resources.
Career centers can also provide workforce recruitment services to businesses to help solve their employee needs. “North Carolina’s 800,000 veterans possess skills and leadership attributes that make them highly qualified for jobs across the state’s various economic sectors, but many times it is difficult to connect those ideal candidates with the positions they can fill,” Military and Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Larry Hall said. “That’s why my Department has made it a priority to develop and grow partnerships designed to get veterans and employers in the same room and at the right time for that connection to happen.” Learn more about upcoming job fairs for military veterans here.
To learn more about NCWorks Career Center or find a center near you go to ncworks.gov.