The NCWorks Career Center in Durham offers specific programming for eligible people with criminal backgrounds/convictions to aid in their transition back into the community and the workforce.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about these programs, please call the NCWorks Career Center at (919) 560-6880 or contact Antonio Carrington.
Transitional jobs programs provide temporary, wage-paying jobs, support services and job placement help to people who have difficulty getting and holding jobs in the regular labor market.
The Transitional Jobs program is an expansion of the City Justice Involved Program’s current work experience. The program aims to support people who have little to no work experience and who need to support themselves and their families. It will provide structure and income, as well as skill-building opportunities and a means to enter the full-time job market. Those who enter this program will be able to earn wages while learning new job skills.
This program includes career readiness and human resource development training through Durham Technical Community College (DTCC). There are opportunities to gain occupational skills certifications and receive mentoring. Local employers are involved with this program. All job placements and mentorships reflect job skills that are in-demand.
The NCWorks Career Center offers services to local businesses, including those operated by justice-involved residents. These services include:
Recruiting & Training Assistance
Register with NCWORKS Online
Our 1-stop resource for employers in North Carolina. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information. Tutorial videos are available to help with the website.
We can also assess regional talent, whether entry level or specialized, based upon your required qualifications in a timely and cost-effective manner. Need us to schedule your interview appointments or provide facility space for you to conduct your interviews? We can! Want to educate and expose youth to your industry through mentoring or internship opportunities? We have it covered! Let our career center connect you with the talent your business requires to remain competitive.
Money for Training
Providing training to new or existing employees is an investment! The NCWorks Career Center can assist you with learning about and applying for funds provided by local and state resources to help with costs of employee training and onboarding. A few of the training programs available include:
o Assistance with developing a registered apprenticeship program
o Customized Training
o On-the-job training (OJT) - Potential funding to assist businesses with offsetting costs of hiring new FT permanent employees for the 1st 3-6 months
Recruiting for Start Up or Growth
Is your business new or expanding? The Career Center can facilitate your finding the talent you need at the time you need it. We can save you time and money by organizing an informational session, a recruitment event or assisting with your recruiting efforts.
A variety of financial benefits may be available to your company to offset the costs of recruiting specific candidates through the Career Center. Some of these benefits include:
o Federal bonding
o Tax credits - Visit Work Opportunity Tax Credit to learn more
o Work Experience - Adult and Youth
Some participants hired through our career center qualify for subsidized childcare, transportation, and training assistance. Career center representatives are available to provide you with information on how these benefits can support the retention efforts of your business.
Labor Market Information
Visit NCWorks Online for labor market data.
Services are available to employees affected by downsizing or company closure. Our career center professionals are available to speak with your business about outplacement services.
No Cost Advertising
Your positions will be advertised on an internet-based job bank at no cost and professional placement staff will qualify candidates based on your requirements. Our database of applicants is pre-screened and job ready.
NCWorks Career Center is your 1-stop for accessing information about local and regional resources. We have developed relationships with area learning institutions and have built strong partnerships with the local economic development agencies, government entities and non profits. If you want to enhance your corporate citizenship experience within our region, contact us for community networking.
The Training-to-Work-Durham (T2W) program pairs eligible justice involved individuals with a career coach to prepare them for career readiness through the coordination of training opportunities that provide background friendly opportunities of advancement, employment and supportive services through coaching and case management. Trainings focus on the career pathways of: construction, skilled trades, transportation, logistics, and food service. However, the program is not limited to those career pathways.
Cavin Smith participated in the Welcome Home program. On his release from prison after seven years of incarceration, he was connected to all resources in the community. Through the Welcome Home program he was connected with the City of Durham’s Transitional Jobs Program and has been working for the City of Durham’s General Services Department for the past 4 years.
Patrick Holloway participated in the Welcome Home Program. He was assisted by peer support staff with connections to resources and employment. After being incarcerated for 27 years, peer support staff was able to assist him with obtaining his ID, Social Security Card, and Birth Certificate. This is a picture of him standing beside his newly purchased Audi SUV. He is now a manager at SMT, Inc. powder coating service, and has been employed there for the past 3 years.
Derek Cholon participated in the Welcome Home Program. He was assisted by peer support staff with connections to resources, training and entrepreneurship. With assistance from peer support staff, he was able to obtain his driver's license after 10 years of incarceration. . He received training for carpentry and house building through the City of Durham’s Training to Work Program. He received his certification in carpentry after four months of training. He was then connected to the Inmates 2 Entrepreneurs Program. After completion of the Inmates 2 Entrepreneurs program he started his own home remodeling company.