Our Virginia Workforce Centers across the region have partnered with the Chambers of Commerce to assist with the delivery of our business services. This partnership provides a variety of services to help you with all of your workforce, human resource needs. Our goal is to connect employers to employees, saving you time as an employer and reducing your costs.
Services to you are many:
- Job registration and pre-employment screening.
List job vacancies at one of our conveniently located Virginia Workforce Centers and work directly with one of our Business Service Representatives who will assist you to get a pool of qualified applicants.
- Target Recruitment Events.
The days of the traditional job fair are gone. Let one of our Business Service Representatives coordinate an employer- or industry-specific job fair for you. This is a more efficient, cost effective way to hire several individuals at one time.
- Adult Internships or Work Experience.
This program provides opportunities for you to get to know a potential employee and for the potential employee to learn more about your industry. Participants are paid by the Virginia Workforce Center (One Stop) Operator for a limited period of time (up to 360 hours).
- On-the-Job Training.
The OJT Program provides individualized occupational skills training for Dislocated Workers and WIA-eligible Adults and Older Youth. The goal is to place participants in occupations that will enhance their prospects for long-term employment and will ultimately permit them to become self-sufficient. It also involves the acquisition of specific skills and employment competencies, through exposure in an actual work setting, to the processes, work tasks, tools and methods of a specific job or group of jobs. As the employer, you enter into an agreement with the Virginia Workforce Center to hire, train, and retain the individual upon successful completion of the training program. Through this program, you may be reimbursed up to 50% of the new employees' wages while they are in training. In addition...
- Participants receive no less than the State minimum wage
- Training participants must meet WIA eligibility criteria (low income, 18 years old and above, legally authorized to work in the United States, and have complied with Selective Service provisions)
- Employers must be established businesses with workers compensation insurance
- Participating employers receive a reimbursement to cover the extraordinary costs of training and supervision as well as to compensate for expected lower productivity of the trainee vs. a more experienced employee
- Incumbent Worker Training.
In an effort to be more responsive to the needs of employers, the WPWIB has received approval from the state to restrict a percentage of its WIA funds for educational and skills training for existing workers. Known as incumbent workers, these existing workers are defined as workers who are currently on the payroll of the applicant employer, 18 years old and above, legally authorized to work in the United States, and have complied with Selective Service provisions. This program is structured to meet your training objectives by enhancing the skills of existing employees, resulting in increased employee productivity and potential growth of your business.
- Federal Bonding Program.
Employers have available to them free fidelity bonds for new hires who may have been denied coverage by commercial carriers because of:
- Record of arrest, conviction or imprisonment
- History of drug or alcohol abuse
- Lack of employment history
- Poor credit history
- Dishonorable military discharge
Each bond is for $5,000 of coverage for a six-month period beginning the first day the new hire starts his/her employment.
- Customized Training.
Funding is available for specific skills training for new hires or incumbent workers. Through this program, you may be reimbursed up to 50% of the new employees' wages while they are in training. Staff will work with each employer on a case-by-case basis to determine training needs and develop a plan as appropriate.
- Plant Closings/Layoffs.
Our Rapid Response Team provides immediate, on-site downsizing assistance for your business. We partner with the state's Rapid Response Unit to provide assistance to you and your employers regardless of the reason for the layoff or closure (NAFTA-impacted, downsizing or restructuring, natural disaster, plant relocation, bankruptcy, etc.). The Rapid Response Team's expertise helps ease the transitions of laid-off workers, maintain the morale and productivity of your remaining employees.
- Resource Lab.
Each Virginia Workforce Center is equipped with a resource lab consisting of computer workstations with Internet access, fax services, copy machines and printers. Software is available to upgrade basic reading and math skills and other basic workplace skills. Your employees can use the lab to complete assessments to determine or improve skill levels. Plus, it is a great place to host a target recruitment if pre-assessments are needed to determine potential employment.
- Contact Us.
Please contact one of our business service managers closest to you:
Customized Training Information
Incumbent Worker Training
On-the-Job Training Contract & Application
Work Experience Information