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PIEDMONT WORKFORCE NETWORK 
The Piedmont Workforce Network is an integrated system that provides local residents with the skills needed to fill new jobs with expanding companies. It aligns workforce programs with overall community strategies including transportation, housing, education, social service, and physical infrastructure improvements. Developing systematic linkages between economic development and workforce development provides enormous benefits to employers, workers and the community as a whole. 

Employer Services 
• Job Listings
• Screening of Candidates
• On-Site Recruitment and Interviewing at the One-Stop Center
• Use of Space to Conduct Private Interviews with Applicants
• Testing Administration
• Job Analysis and Description Information on Occupational Profiles and Training
• Labor Market Information
• Information on the Unemployment Benefits and Tax System

Job Seeker Services
• Assessment of Skill Levels, Aptitudes, Abilities, and Supportive Service Needs
• Employment Statistics Information
• Job Vacancy Listings in Labor Market Areas
• Information Regarding Filing Claims for Unemployment Benefits
• Information on the Availability of Supportive Services
• Self-Help Job Search and Placement Assistance
• Information and Assistance in Applying for Welfare-To-Work Activities
• Staff Assisted Job Search
• Job Referral and Placement Assistance Including Career Counseling
• Determination of an Individual’s Qualification for Assistance for WIA Intensive Services
• Information about Financial Aid Programs for Education and Training

For more information about these services, please contact:
Virginia Workforce Center-Charlottesville
2211 Hydraulic Rd.; Charlottesville, VA 22901
434-977-2662

PIEDMONT VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE: WORKFORCE SERVICES 

Customized Training 

PVCC Workforce Services provides a broad range of quality, cost-effective customized training and career development programs, job analysis and consulting services designed to meet the continuous learning needs of your organization’s employees. Workforce Services assesses learning needs, and designs, develops, customizes, and evaluates training and development programs to enhance performance of employees.

Training and Development Workshops and Services Include:
• Supervisory and Leadership Skill Workshops
• Employee Skill Workshops, Conflict Management, Communications Skills
• Microsoft Office Suite, MS/Project, Publisher and other Computer Applications
• One-on-one Consulting and Coaching on Computer Applications
• “Lean” and Six Sigma Workshops
• Team Building Workshops
• Workplace Spanish Workshops tailored for 20+ industry specific audiences
• OSHA Workshops
• CPR and First Aid Workshops
• Instructional Systems Design consulting
• Strategic Planning and Facilitation Sessions
• Job Skills Analysis using ACT's WorkKeys System

For more information, please contact: PVCC Workforce Services at (434) 961-5354 or workforce@pvcc.edu.


WORKFORCE ASSESSMENT / CRC 
WorkKeys® Job Profiling is used to develop an accurate profile of the workplace skills and skill levels needed to perform a particular job. Employers can compare a job profile with an individual's skill profile to decide whether the individual meets the qualifications required for the job. Using a job profile, individuals can identify skills to strengthen in order to improve their employment opportunities or job performance.

WorkKeys Assessments measure an individual’s skills required for a particular job. Three key areas are assessed. Communication: Business Writing, Listening, Reading for Information, Writing;
Problem Solving: Applied Mathematics, Applied Technology, Locating Information, Observation;
Interpersonal Skills: Teamwork.

For more information, please contact: Gail White, Program Manager, Customized Training at (434) 961-5330 or white@pvcc.edu.


PIEDMONT FUTURES
Piedmont Futures engages local businesses and organizations in the career education of K-12 public school children in the surrounding communities. The goals of the initiative are to: strengthen existing business-education collaborations, facilitate new partnership opportunities, create a community focus on career education, and offer students career exploration opportunities on a regional scale. As a business, you can list job and internship opportunities on Piedmont Futures’ website. Additionally, you can participate in job/career fairs and/or serve as a career speaker at a local public school. As a job seeker, you can view jobs and internships being offered by businesses that partner with Piedmont Futures.

For more information about this program, please contact Piedmont Futures at (434) 961-6503.


VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: VIRGINIA JOBS INVESTMENT PROGRAM


VDBA

New Jobs Program

The New Jobs Program is a vital part of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s economic development efforts. The program targets expansions of existing companies or new facility locations. In order to qualify for assistance under the New Jobs Program, a company must be:

• Considering another state or country for the new location or expansion.
• Generating over 50% of its revenue from outside Virginia.
• Creating at least 25 net new jobs within 12 months from the date of the first hire.
• Making a new capital investment of at least $1,000,000 associated with the location or expansion.
• Paying a minimum entry-level wage rate of $10.00 per hour. In areas that have unemployment of two times or more the state level, this wage minimum may be waived. Only full-time jobs are eligible for funding.

Small Business New Jobs Program

The Small Business New Jobs Program supports existing Virginia companies which have 250 employees or less companywide. In order to qualify for assistance under the Small Business New Jobs Program, a company must be:

• Creating at least 5 net new jobs within 12 months from the date of the first hire.
• Making a new capital investment of at least $100,000 associated with the start up or expansion.
• Paying a minimum entry-level wage rate of $10.00 per hour. In areas that have unemployment of two times or more the state level, this wage minimum may be waived. Only full-time jobs are eligible for funding.

Retraining Programs

Eligibility for assistance in the Retraining Program is limited to projects for for-profit companies in manufacturing operations and distribution centers. The Retraining Program provides services and funding to manufacturing companies and distribution centers to assist in training their existing work force. For the purpose of this program, retraining is defined as upgrading the skills of existing employees identified as essential to the production or distribution of a product. Companies participating in the program are typically those which are undergoing an integration of new technology into its production processes, changing product lines in keeping with marketplace demands, or substantially changing service delivery processes requiring an assimilation of new skills and technological capabilities. Companies may utilize the Retraining Program not more than once every three years. In order to qualify for assistance under the Retraining Program, a company must be:

• Retraining at least 10 full-time employees.
• Making a new capital investment of at least $500,000 associated with the retraining project.
• Paying a minimum entry-level wage rate of $10.00 per hour. In areas that have unemployment of two times or more the state level, this wage minimum may be waived. Only full-time jobs are eligible for funding.

CLICK HERE for a flyer about the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

For more information about this program, please contact the Virginia Department of Business Assistance at (804) 371-8120 or wfsmail@vdba.virginia.gov


VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT FOR AGING AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES: BUSINESS SERVICES
DARS provides employers the tools and resources that they need to successfully employ and support people with disabilities in the workplace. At no cost, businesses can benefit from the following DARS Business Services:

Staffing and Recruitment
Gain access to prescreened, qualified job applicants who meet your specific job requirements.

Workplace Accommodations
Develop or revise position descriptions, identify reasonable accommodations for prospective or existing employees with disabilities, or improve workplace accessibility.

Corporate Disability Awareness Training
Request for staff to learn about disability issues and best practices for hiring, accommodating, and communicating with people with disabilities.

Financial Incentives
Discover the various tax incentives applicable to businesses who hire and/or accommodate persons with disabilities in their place of business.

For more information, please contact the Virginia Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services at (800) 552-5019.