Northeastern Workforce Development Board’s Waves of Opportunity NC Wins Silver Telly Award – OBX Today

Northeastern Workforce Development Board’s Waves of Opportunity NC Wins Silver Telly Award - OBX Today

The Northeastern Workforce Development Board (NWDB) is proud to announce that its innovative recruitment video for Albemarle Boats, produced by Eye Candy Digital Video as part of the Waves of Opportunity NC initiative, has won the prestigious Silver Telly Award in the Recruitment-Non Broadcast category at the 45th Annual Telly Awards. This achievement was made possible by funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge Grant.

The Telly Awards, a global competition that honors excellence in video and television across all screens, saw nearly 13,000 entries this year from top content producers including Adobe, Disney, ESPN, and NASA. The winners were selected by the esteemed Telly Awards Judging Council, comprising leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies.

Waves of Opportunity NC, part of the Regional Maritime Training System (RMTled by the Hampton Roads Workforce Council as the lead system entity, aims to provide a gateway for jobs in the maritime industry. This groundbreaking training system offers opportunities in maritime welding, electrical technology, wind turbine technology, sheet metal fabrication, structural fitting, and more. The collaborative efforts include local partners such as the College of the Albemarle and various maritime employers.

The award-winning recruitment video highlights the opportunities and career paths available at Albemarle Boats, showcasing the vibrant maritime industry in northeastern North Carolina. This video is a testament to the successful partnership between NWDB, Eye Candy Digital Video, and local maritime employers.

Mike Martine, Executive Producer at Eye Candy Digital Video, expressed his gratitude, stating, “Eye Candy Digital Video, LLC is thrilled to win our 7th Telly Award. We couldn’t do it without our staff or Director of Photography, Hunter Chapman. We want to thank our clients for giving us the opportunity to bring their vision to life and allowing us to tell their story.”

Dave Whitmer, Director for Northeastern Workforce Development Board, added, “This award underscores the impact of our collaborative efforts to enhance workforce development in the maritime industry. The Waves of Opportunity NC initiative is a prime example of how strategic partnerships and innovative training solutions can create significant opportunities for our community.”

The NWDB is dedicated to fostering employment opportunities and enriching the skills of northeastern North Carolinians. The success of the Waves of Opportunity NC initiative and the recognition by the Telly Awards underscore the impact of strategic partnerships and innovative workforce development solutions.

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