North Carolina is a right-to-work state. Favorable wage rates, unemployment insurance rates and workers' compensation contribute to this climate.
Additionally, the strong work ethic and low absenteeism rate are consistently included on local plant managers’ list of positive aspects of a Franklin County relocation or expansion.
Over 800,000 people live within a 30-mile radius of Louisburg, the county seat of Franklin County. The total civilian labor force in Franklin County and surrounding counties is more than 720,000.
Vance-Granville Community College a provides focused, flexible and comprehensive human resource and workforce development services for businesses in Franklin, often at no cost. Part of the nationally renowned N.C. Community College System, Vance-Granville is a full partner with our business and economic development community, reacting quickly to the needs of our companies and respecting the confidential nature of their proprietary processes and information. The community college can serve as a virtual human resources department for new companies, helping them recruit, screen and hire new employees and train them to be ready to work as soon as their facilities open.
The early college high schools developed on the campuses of Vance-Granville Community College represents partnerships between Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren County Schools and Vance-Granville Community College. The early college high school blends the high school and college programs beginning in grade nine such that all students are provided the experiences, support, and opportunities to complete a North Carolina University Prep Diploma, an Associate degree or two years of transferable college credit at no cost to the student, within five or fewer years of starting high school.
Workforce development experts, via the Kerr-Tar Region, also train and retrain employees at existing companies that are expanding or shifting gears to compete. They offer training and services in the workplace at times convenient to employers, at temporary facilities, or at one of many campuses and branches located across our region.
Cluster-focused training opportunities support the growth of the county’s strongest and emerging clusters. BioNetwork, for instance, the first industry-focused training program for biotechnology companies and workers and recognized nationally, is led by industry experts to create an ever-expanding pool of skilled workers to serve our biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science industries.