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About our Workforce Programs

The impacts of COVID-19 have created unprecedented challenges for Charlotte’s workforce. The City of Charlotte, along with key partners in the community, has developedstrategies to mitigate these challenges by providing skilled training opportunities for our residents and capacity-building grants for our workforce development partners. The intentis to increase the resources available for training and career placement, and leverage this public funding with private sector support where possible. The following programs arecurrently available to Charlotte residents and Charlotte-based organizations.

Thrive Hiring Grant Program

The Thrive Hiring grant is an incentive provided to mid-sized Charlotte businesses that are hiring multiple employees as an incentive to boost job creation and to help put displaced Charlotte residents back to work. Companies will receive $5,000 per hire so long as companies and positions hired for meet eligibility requirements (see below). Companies have to commit to hiring a minimum of 5 people and may be incentivized up to 30 hires.

Companies that are awarded a Thrive Hiring Grant must sign an agreement with the City of Charlotte. The grant will be given for hires made after October 1st. Companies may invoice the City on November 15th and/or December 15th for hires made. All payouts will be made by December 30th, 2020.

Renewable Energy and Efficiency Workforce (RENEW) Training Program

The Renewable Energy and Efficiency Workforce (RENEW) Training Program provides workforce training opportunities in HVAC and Electrical Trades

RENEW – Urban League of the Central Carolinas

The City of Charlotte, in partnership with Urban League of Central Carolinas, will provide 13-week classes will teach basic skills for the HVAC and Electrical industry and work to place graduates in successful full-time employment opportunities.

Occupational skills to be covered in this training program include:

  • Basic heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (“HVAC”) training, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and building automation systems
  • Basic electrical training that can lead to job placement in facility management, electrical trade work, solar/photovoltaic panel installation and maintenance, and/or vehicle maintenance and charging infrastructure careers
  • General energy management accounting concepts

Application for the first fall cohort will close September 4, 2020. Additional opportunities will be available in the winter and spring.


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