Career Development and Training in Virginia

Career Development and Training in Virginia

As part of the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the Virginia Workforce Connection is the comprehensive online, self-service portal connected to the national database linking all 50 states and Washington, D.C. It provides access to job openings, training and education, employer hiring incentives.

For those who need career counseling or additional in person assistance, One Stop Centers (OSC) are available statewide. A series of weekly "NAVIGATING THE VAWC Workshops" are also available to assist job seekers with a live demonstration. For more information on the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) resources, visit

Trade Adjustment Act Programs

The VEC under Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) of 1974 provides businesses with federal funds to assist workers laid-off as a result of lags in foreign trade due to global economic downturn. On-the-job training opportunities are available to TAA-eligible job seekers with selected businesses who will in turn receive reimbursement for putting individuals to work in skilled or semi-skilled occupations.

Employers use existing employees to mentor and train new workers while benefiting from having extra help during the process. The VEC contracts with employers to reimburse the employer a good portion of the wage paid to the employee during the training period.

Job Fairs

Job fairs in the southeast region are abundant and encouraged. Hertz Corporation, Pryor Hauling, and Hardees/Boddie Noell Enterprises have held a number of job fairs seeking to hire Virginians.

There are several job fairs and career events for military personnel, their families and veterans scheduled annually. For a complete calendar and more information, visit

Virginia Registered Apprenticeship

Virginia Registered Apprenticeship is a workforce development program designed to produce highly- skilled workers to employers seeking competitive edge in the global economy. Employers contract with the VEC to provide a combination of classroom and hands-on instruction in everything from information systems to specialized trades.

Employees must complete 2,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training and 144 classroom hours per year of the apprenticeship. After an average of four years, employees are certified as journeypersons and registered with the Department of Labor as such. Visit for more information on how employers can participate and how job seekers can contact them.

Career Readiness Certificate

The Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is an assessment credential used as an additional tool to help displaced employees get a jump start back into the workforce. Endorsed by Governor McDonnell, the CRC is acknowledged as a valid screening and placement mechanism by the Virginia Workforce Council, Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, the Virginia Manufacturers Association as well as many of Virginia's private businesses.

Based on the commonly used ACT WorkKeys Assessments, the CRC provides valuable analysis of a job seeker's knowledge and skills assuring employers that candidates are qualified for coveted positions. The testing system has a database of over 17,500 job profiles identifying the basic skills needed to be successful at the task associated with each position.

Not only does CRC help employers identify viable candidates, the system recognizes the qualities that the tester needs to improve upon. For more information, visit