Talent & Workforce

Regional Skills Analysis

Regional Skills Analysis Volume 3

What does it take to build a resilient economy? How do we fuel a workforce that continually lands our city, region, and state at the top of various “best of” lists? According to CNBC’s annual Top State for Business ranking, “At a time when companies are clamoring for workers while trying to navigate a treacherous economy, no state is meeting their needs more effectively than North Carolina.”

We are fortunate to find our city, and broader region and state, at the top of lists like this. We top these lists because we work together to stay ahead of the curve and anticipate the needs of our workforce. In 2017, we launched the Triangle Talent Regional Skills Analysis, a first-of-its kind study. That first study revealed critical skills needs in growing industries including IT, life science, and construction and skilled trades. We conducted the study again during the height of the pandemic in 2020. Global pandemic or not, the economy was changing, industries were shifting, and so were companies’ skill, talent, and education needs.

The third Regional Skills Analysis was launched in June 2023. This survey was led by Wake County Economic Development in partnership with The Raleigh Chamber and Capital Area Workforce Development, and was deployed to businesses across the Research Triangle Region. A parallel study was launched by Cape Fear Collective and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce in the Cape Fear Region.

From June to August, the team worked with hundreds of regional partners to promote the survey to a wide range of businesses to gather data to inform future skills needs in the region. As a result, we received nearly 1,000 responses from across the greater Research Triangle.

Survey Objectives:

  • Understand both short and long-term hiring needs
  • Inform training and education providers of the current workforce needs
  • Provide current workforce information for policy makers in workforce, education and economic development
  • Create an efficient structure for ongoing industry feedback

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