Youth Programs


Companies Hiring During COVID-19

Updated 8/10/21

Job Opportunities: Companies Hiring During COVID-19
In wake of the recent pandemic, Charlotte Works and the City of Charlotte are committed to connecting job seekers and employers during this time. Below is a list of employers that have immediate hiring needs.


Acts Retirement Communities: multiple positions. Apply here.

Advanced Auto Parts: multiple positions. Apply here

ALDI: multiple positions in Concord, N.C. Apply here.

Allied Universal: multiple positions. Apply here.

Arby's: multiple positions. Apply here.

Autobell: multiple positions. Apply here.

Bank of America: multiple positions. Apply here.

Bridgestone America: multiple positions. Apply here.

Brookdale Senior Living: multiple positions. Apply here.

Bruegger's Bagels: multiple positions. Apply here.

The Budd Group: multiple positions. Apply here.

Buffalo Wild Wings: multiple positions. Apply here.

Carowinds: multiple positions. Apply here.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: multiple positions. Apply here.

Chick-Fil-A: multiple positions. Apply here.

Chili's: hiring multiple positions. Apply here.

Chipotle: multiple positions. Apply here

Circle K: multiple positions. Apply here

Compass Group: multiple positions. Apply here.

CVS: multiple positions. Apply here.

Dollar General: sales associate. Apply here.

Dominos: multiple positions. Apply here.

Family Dollar: hiring multiple positions. Apply here.

FedEx: multiple positions. Apply here.

Five Guys: multiple positions. Apply here.

Food Lion: multiple positions. Apply here.

Goodwill Industries: multiple positions. Apply here.

Harris Teeter: clerks, cashiers and stockers. Apply here.

Home Depot: multiple positions. Apply here

JW Marriott: multiple positions. Apply here.

McDonald's: multiple positions. Apply here.

Napa: multiple positions. Apply here.

Northern Tools & Equipment: multiple positions. Apply here.

Novant Health: multiple positions. Apply here.

Panera Bread: multiple positions. Apply here.

PepBoys:  multiple positions. Apply here.      

PF Changs: multiple positions. Apply here.

Pizza Hut: delivery drivers, management. Apply here.

Red Lobster: multiple positions in Matthews and Pineville, N.C. Apply here.

Ross: multiple positions. Apply here.

Sherwin Williams: multiple positions. Apply here.

Starbucks: multiple positions. Apply here.

Target: multiple positions. Apply here.

TGI Fridays: multiple positions. Apply here.

TJ Maxx: multiple positions. Apply here.

Walgreens: multiple positions. Apply here.

Wells Fargo: technology, sales, relationship management. Apply here.

YMCA of Greater Charlotte: multiple positions. Apply here.

Zaxbys: multiple positions. Apply here.



We have partnered with Charlotte Works to host virtual job fairs. Join us to see the area's largest employers that are hiring right now, learn how to apply, and speak to featured employers one-on-one. Learn more here.

Unemployment Assistance

The Federal CARES Act has three unemployment programs to assist people who have lost employment during this pandemic: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. Learn more about these federal programs here, including expected timelines for payment. Click here to see an FAQ from NC's Department of Commerce on unemployment benefits due to COVID-19.


Career Information
As we adjust to a more remote workplace, we would like to share some tips that you can take advantage of while you're staying at home. Below you will find links to information that you can take advantage of to position yourself for the next phase of your career.


Training Opportunities
Many organizations offer free trainings and courses to help you learn more and excel in your desired career. Below is a list of resources that you can take advantage of during this period.

  • Alison has over 800 free courses available across nine categories. Courses are self-paced and have been designed by subject matter experts. 
  • Amazon and its partners are offering free online access to sponsored computer science courses in the United States. Content is intended for learners in grades 6-12, and teachers who are remotely teaching this age group. Parents can also access this curriculum online.
  • Community Culinary School of Charlotte culinary arts program includes soup stocks, sauces, knife skills, workshops on different cooking techniques, hands-on participatory classes, and chef demos.
  • Goodwill is offering services online and by phone. Anyone can request assistance online or by calling (704) 372-3434.
    • Virtual training services include customer service, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications, interview skills, online programming (Python, Java, JavaScript, HTML and CSS), and basic construction.
    • Virtual employment services offered include career coaching, employment referrals, and job seeker support.
  • Google has free online courses to help you learn analytics.
  •  Grace-Mar Services offers trainings and certifications including National Sales and Customer Service, Apartment Maintenance, and National Apartment Leasing Professional, among others.
  • NCworks has a listing of online offerings and trainings offered by local organizations and agencies. There are opportunities for free trainings as well as other job search and career readiness resources.
  • The Timken Company provides three different free online resources to help train automotive technicians.

Urban League of Central Carolinas – Duke CAST Preparatory Class is an eight week Duke Energy preparatory course is designed to assist individuals who are interested in gaining entrance into utility, construction and skilled trade occupations. Classes are held Monday - Wednesday beginning February 15.

Are you between 16 and 24 years old and seeking employment in Charlotte? We can help. Join us at one of our Youth Job Fairs, where you can connect with employers directly and with partner agencies to help you secure a good paying job in our community.

Upcoming Events

Job and Career Readiness Flyer for September 16 2021

The City of Charlotte’s Youth Programs and the Teen Services division of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has collaborated to present a career development series for youth scheduled for the summer of 2021. This series will include 1 career development session for each month during the summer in order to provide an opportunity for continued professional development outside of the school year. Please see the information below for the flyer and information about the sessions.

  • Session 5: Head to the Port (Virtual job fair) Thursday Sept 16 3:00-4:30 (CMS Teacher Workday)
    You've planned your journey, packed your bags, bought tickets, and learned the local language. You can disembark on your own now or explore the excitement of the job fair. Talk with the other "travelers", employers, and staff. Explore new resources or even change course! It's your journey- make the most of every day. 

Registration Link:

Are you an employer seeking qualified candidates for open positions? Get in touch with our team directly by contacting Omar Crenshaw at (704) 336-2118 or

This initiative aligns with the goals of The Community Letter and connects youth ages 16 – 24 to employment jobs, ensuring a pathway to a good paying job  and economic mobility.