On January 10th, the Triangle South Workforce Development Board held a Rapid Response event for Advanced Sports Enterprises (ASE), more commonly known by their retail chain name, Performance Bicycle. ASE is ceasing company operations which will result in the lay off of approximately 150 individuals.
Rapid Response teams are in place to provide a variety of services to businesses that are downsizing, relocating, or closing to include:
developing transitional plans of action for those who are being laid off;
distributing information on public services available to job seekers;
developing a plan to access grant funds such as Trade Adjustment Assistance, the Pell Grant, and WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker Services;
reducing worker absenteeism to achieve product completion;
sharing experiences from previous closures and layoffs;
providing convenient on-site services to ease the transition for workers;
offering specialized assistance, such as job fairs and financial planning workshops.
The event included an Information Session Career and Resource Fair which allotted local organizations and employers with the opportunity to share information about their service offerings and employment needs available to those in attendance. Agencies presenting included representatives from Central Carolina Community College, the NCWorks Career Center of Lee County, Two Hawk Workforce Services, Educational Data Systems Inc., North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, the NCWorks Career Center of Orange County, the North Carolina Division of Employment Security, Piedmont Health, Chatham County Department of Social Services, Regional Consolidated Services, and the NCWorks Career Center of Chatham County. The employers present included: Kelly Services, Express Employment Professionals, Mountaire Farms, Hire Networks, Ultracraft Cabinetry, Keepsake Quilting, GKN, Arauco, PSSI, Chandler Concrete, Pallet One, Galloway Ridge, and the PTA Thrift Shop.
At the conclusion of the information session, those affected by the layoff were served lunch and provided with the time needed to visit the information tables set up by agencies and employers in attendance. Individuals also had access to the mobile NCWorks Career Center services where they received assistance registering for available services at their local NCWorks Career Center office.