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Talent & Workforce

Workforce Overview

Cabarrus County’s workforce is diverse, motivated and capable, giving employers a key competitive edge. North Carolina is a right to work state. State law permits individual workers to choose whether or not they wish to join a labor union. North Carolina, which has one of the nation’s highest percentages of manufacturing employment, has one of the nation’s lowest union memberships. The state’s union membership rank of 1.9% is well below the national average of 11.1%.

Training Programs

Specialized training is available through Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences and UNC Charlotte. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has instituted a special initiative in advanced manufacturing training including a computer-integrated machining program. This program is committed to using the latest in machining technology to assure that local workers possess the skills advanced manufacturers demand. Plus, there are multiple community colleges within an easy one hour drive eager to accommodate customized training needs.

The presence of the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC), a public-private venture dedicated to fostering collaboration and understanding of key biotechnology fields, has demanded a higher level of commitment to world-class education and workforce development in Cabarrus County.

Customized Training Program

The Customized Training Program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides education, training and support services for new, expanding and existing business and industry. The program offers:

  • 12 trainings in the core areas of Quality, Technical Skills, Leadership and Safety
  • One annual all-employee training
  • 4-9 electives that you choose
  • Up to 4 additional trainings identified by the company receiving training

NC Manufacturing Institute

The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute (NCMI) is a response to employers’ need for solving talent recruitment issues in order to grow and remain competitive. This initiative builds a clear and achievable pathway for people to acquire those skills in order to access good jobs in local communities.

Manufacturing firms benefit from partnering with NCMI through access to a pipeline of screened, trained, certified production technicians who can help them achieve their business goals.

Key Statistics

Knowing that economic indicators are an important part of the site selection process, we provide an analytical view of statistics vital to the area in order to better define your understanding of our workforce, population, education, and employment.

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