Job Training

Mayor Jennifer Roberts addresses Monday's City Council meeting, saying racism needs to be solved collectively.
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The police shooting of an African -American man in Charlotte last month sparked protests not just about policing, but also about racism and inequality. In an open letter a week ago, Charlotte City Council pledged new policies and programs. Monday night, the council took what it called "the first steps."

In a single unanimous vote, the City Council approved a series of measures in response to community anger and frustration after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.  They include:

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont opened a new headquarters this summer. The $22 million campus is in west Charlotte. It’s the site of not just a Goodwill store, but a career development center, a health clinic, and even a branch of the Charlotte Metro Credit Union. The idea is to have a one-stop shop with the many services people need to fight their way out of poverty.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Goodwill is announcing plans for a $20 million campus near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. The campus will serve as Goodwill’s new regional headquarters and provide job training and social welfare programs.

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An internship has long been considered the key to employment. In 2012, 60 percent of college graduates who took part in a paid internship received at least one job offer. Thirty-seven percent of graduates who took unpaid internships received job offers. But, surprisingly, 36 percent of graduates who didn't participate in any type of internship received job offers. That’s a small difference for a lot more, unpaid work. Are unpaid internships worth it? Under what circumstances should interns be paid? Do unpaid internships comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act? We discuss the internship economy, when Charlotte Talks.

Helping The Unemployed Learn On The Job

Oct 8, 2012

Sheila Hemphill is a grant specialist with Charlotte Works. She interacts with a lot of job seekers – including many who have been unemployed for a very long time.