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Centralina WDB Business Services Coordinator Leads Best Practice Webinar on Preparing the Automotive Workforce for Today's Industry Demands

2015 Best Practice Webinar: "The Automotive Industry, an Employer Perspective"


For decades, the American automotive industry has had an enormous impact on the domestic economy. Think about how the transportation system has changed over the years.

As automotive supply has increased, so has the need for jobs in this industry.  

Vail Carter, Centralina WDB's Business Services Coordinator

With this in mind, the North Carolina Department of Commerce Dislocated Worker Unit and the Governor's Rapid Response team hosted their 2nd quarter Rapid Response Best Practice Webinar titled, "The Automotive Industry, An Employer Perspective" on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Vail Carter, Centralina Workforce Development Board Business Services Coordinator, assembled a panel of employer representatives from the automotive industry in the Centralina region.

The purpose of the webinar was to highlight best practices and resources that could assist dislocated workers in their return to employment. The audience consisted of front line staff from local NCWorks Career Centers and Division of Workforce Solutions offices. The webinar was a conversional discussion that highlighted three key things.

  • How to prepare customers for jobs in this industry?
  • What are the critical, technical, and soft skills needed for this industry?
  • How to prepare customers for interviews with hiring managers in this sector by avoiding potential pitfalls and increase job placement.

The webinar allowed the panelist of employers to promote their company's staffing needs and the industry as a whole. Jan Comer, Vice President of Human Resources at Engineered Sintered Components in Troutman (Iredell County) and a Centralina WDB members, participated as a panelist. Todd Alexander, Administration Director at NGK Ceramics USA Inc. in Mooresville (Iredell County) and a former Centralina WDB member, Rozell Tolliver, General Manager of Summerfield Tire & Auto Repair in Union County and Christina McMahon, Human Resource Director for TRIAD Racing Technologies in Mooresville (Iredell County) also participated as panelist.

The audience was able to hear regional and statewide perspectives of the automotive industry as well. Carter and Will Collins, Assistant Secretary of NC Commerce for Workforce and the Executive Director of NCWorks, both spoke during the webinar.

"I was invited to be a panelist due to the high concentration of employers in the automotive sector in the Centralina WDB service area," Carter said.

Carter plays a major leadership role as a business services representative for the state of North Carolina and he is a critical member of the state's workforce development community.  

The webinars are advertised through the NCWorks Training Center (NCWTC), workforce boards, staff, and to other registered members of the NCWTC database.   The list included partners from community colleges, social services, military alliances, AARP, and economic development entities.

Overall "The Automotive Industry, An Employer Perspective" webinar provided critical information which will help ensure a better workforce for the automotive employers in the state of North Carolina.

 The Centralina Workforce Development Board is pleased to have participated during the live broadcasted event. For more information concerning the 2015 Best Practices webinar, contact Vail Carter, Centralina Workforce Development Board, Business Services Coordinator at vcarter@centralina.org.


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