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A Focus on Non-Completers: One Strategy for Upskilling the Existing Workforce in North Carolina (June 2018)

Efforts to develop North Carolina’s talent pipeline must include strategies for reaching people of all ages and experiences. This paper explores opportunities for upskilling our existing workforce—that is, developing workers’ skills to improve performance, allow for advancement to higher positions, and fill unmet employer needs—and developing the talents of people who should be but are not currently in the workforce. In particular, we sought to explore the opportunity created by the hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina’s workforce who are non-completers. These residents have some postsecondary experience but no credentials.