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​Workforce Development Programs


​The City of Charlotte, Charlotte Water Launched its first Water Apprenticeship in June 2018. Shortly thereafter, Charlotte Water launched it’s Pipeline Academy programs. These specially crafted programs seek to develop and support a pipeline of future workers with the skills and abilities needed to fill entry-level positions in water/wastewater or similar industries.  Now, these same programs are offered at Charlotte Water under the name, Career and Training Academy, so that they can be recognized across departments at the City of Charlotte.
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Apprenticeship

About: Charlotte Water created the City of Charlotte's first water/wastewater industry apprenticeship program to help individuals achieve the training and experience needed for a successful career at Charlotte Water

Time Commitment: 1-4 years depending on position skill requirements; hired; after successful completion of the program ( obtain Journeyman status)

Education/ Prior Experience: HSD or equivalency/ no direct experience required-transferable skills

City Benefits: Health Benefits Package, Paid City Holidays, Earned Vacation and Sick Days, EAP Services, and City Retirement Contribution


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Career Training Academy Internship

About: A custom-designed internship program to help individuals achieve the training and experience needed for employment within a career pathway.
Time Commitment: 7 months, Experience and knowledge gained
Education/ Prior Experience: HSD or equivalency/ no direct experience required-transferable skills
City Benefits: Optional, Health Benefits Package, Paid City Holidays, Earned Vacation and Sick Day, EAP Services, City Retirement Contribution


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Career Training Academy Co-Op Internship

About: An opportunity for recent post-secondary graduates to apply classroom theory and knowledge to a work-based learning experience.
Time Commitment: 1 year, Experience and knowledge gained, minimum of 30 hours per week required
Education/ Prior Experience: Recent or soon-to be post-secondary graduate enrolled in a program of study that is directly aligned to opportunity/ no direct experience required-transferable skills.
City Benefits: Optional, Health Benefits Package, Paid City Holidays, Earned Vacation and Sick Day, EAP Services, City Retirement Contribution

Career Training Academy Work Based Learning Experience "Traditional Internship"

About: Opportunity for students currently enrolled in a post-secondary program of study to apply classroom theory and knowledge to a work-based learning experience.
Time Commitment: 3 months minimum, 20 hours per week minimum.

Education/ Prior Experience:  Current post-secondary student in a program aligned with the opportunity/ no direct experience required-transferable skills

City Benefits: EAP Services

The Process

Eligibility

  • Qualifications
    • Possession of a valid driver's license.
    • At least 18 years old.
    • High school graduate or have a GED.
    • Post Secondary enrolled or graduated for Co-Op
    • Physically able to perform the work.

Apply

  • All candidates must apply through the online application process at charlottenc.gov/HR. No e-mailed, mailed, or faxed resumes will be accepted in lieu of the online application process.

Interviews

  • Prescreened and formal interview by a diverse panel.
  • Applications will be accessed for transferable skills and education qualifications.

 Selection and Onboarding

  • Drug screening.
  • Background and reference checks.
  • Offer letter. 

 Start Workforce Development Program

  • Learn and work according to a pre-determined schedule ( Mon-Fri) for 20-40 hours.

 Workplace Success Training

  • Regular evaluations and feedback to help with growth and development
  • Ongoing support and feedback.
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Enhancement and help with resume' and interview techniques
  • Certifications and professional industry licenses obtained

Graduate

  • Successful obtainment of full-time employment within the City of Charlotte or in career pathways with community employers.  

Benefits of Participation

  • Paid training program.
  • Initial month includes fundamental skills training, worksite tours, financial literacy training, self-awareness/exploration, and skills assessment.
  • On-the-job training will include experience in various water and wastewater industry positions within Charlotte Water.
  • Network with professionals in the field.
  • Develop transferable skills.
  • Explore a career path.
  • Free classroom training.
  • Paid certifications.
  • Eligible for all city benefits.
  • Enhanced promotional opportunities throughout Charlotte Water.
  • Recognized and approved by the North Carolina Department of Labor & Industry; US Department of Labor; North Carolina Community College System; North Carolina Department of Education; and North Carolina Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.
  • Veterans benefits available for qualified participants.