Business Services

**If your business has been impacted by COVID-19, please contact our office at 252-636-6901 for assistance. 

The following links provide helpful information during this time: 

The Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, Inc. oversees a wide range of services for employers in our region. The goal is to provide comprehensive workforce services that can meet the need of large or small employers.

These services are provided by our network of NCWorks Career Centers or by ECWDB staff.  These services include:

  • Employee Recruitment and Screening - Reduce recruiting costs and loss of revenue due to decreased production. Qualified staff can assist with job postings and provide applicant screening and referrals.
  • Tax Credit and Hiring Incentive Information - Reduce income tax liability. Learn about programs that can help you with your hiring needs. Tax Credits are available for hiring Veterans and those that have been involved in the justice system.
  • Research Materials on Labor Trends and Industry Trends - Remain competitive by staying on top of workforce needs. Get access to the latest information about industries, training programs and labor trends.
  • Workshops, Seminars, and Job Fairs - Reduce recruiting costs, loss of revenue due to decreased production, and maximize hiring staff time. Learn about opportunities to share company information to job seekers. 
  • Skills Testing of Job Candidates - Reduce the cost of testing potential candidates and have proof of skills and abilities of job-seekers prior to hiring. Applicants or current employees can receive skills testing and assess aptitudes and interests through our NCWorks Centers.
  • Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) for Incumbent and Prospective Workforces - Reduce turnover, increase soft and hard skills, and increase productivity of current and prospective employees. WIN pretests and remediation are available in key workplace skills including Applied Math, Workplace Documents, Graphic Literacy to prepare for WorkKeys Assessments.
  • Rapid Response Services - Reduce stress of business closure or downsizing and increase employee chance of success when looking for new employment. Contact us for confidential consultations regarding layoffs or plant closings.
  • Training Services for Your Employees - Decrease training costs and turnover and increase productivity and competitiveness. Training can be provided for current employees with incumbent worker training, on-the-job training, and customized training.
  • Workplace Literacy Training - Reduce turnover and increase productivity. Information about local literacy programs is available to help your employees improve their skills without missing work.
  • Youth Services and Outreach - Receive benefits for hosting internships or apprenticeships such as tax relief, customized training and cultivate  meaningful relationships with participants and partners. Provide internship or apprenticeship opportunities for young people in our region.

2018 Employer Needs Survey

Key Findings from the 2018 Employer Needs Survey (Executive Summary):

  1. 5 out of 10 employers who tried to hire in the past year had difficulty filling at least one position, up from 4 of 10 in 2016
  2. Charlotte and the Triangle had less difficulty, Medium-sized metros had more difficulty
  3. Manufacturing and STEM had more difficulty filling positions
  4. A lack of employability skills (such as a lack of work ethic) and low numbers of applicants were the top reasons given by employers with hiring difficulties
  5. A lack of work experience, technical skills, soft skills, and education were also frequently reported, as in 2016 and 2014
  6. Employers reported higher rates of internet postings to recruit candidates than in 2016
  7. Opportunities exist to increase awareness of workforce development resources, especially in Rural areas and among Manufacturers and STEM industries

View the complete 2018 Employer Needs Survey.

Contact the ECWDB or the NCWorks Career Center in your county today to learn more about how we can help your business.