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Employment Specialist III-Williamsburg DL-1

By BS Team | Apr 29, 2024
Starting pay is $24.50/hr plus incentives. Looking to target applicants from Williamsburg, Yorktown, Newport News, Hampton, and surrounding areas.  The purpose of the Employment Specialist III position is to provide support, assistance, and guidance to individuals with disabilities in our…
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Regional Solutions for Growing Quality Green Jobs

By Krystal Searcy | Mar 11, 2024
A Data-Informed Guide for Regional Climate Action JFFLABS Growing a vibrant green economy is crucial to improving our environmental and economic well-being. But for leaders working to build a more sustainable future, navigating the many environmental, social, labor, and political…
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ODU professor says younger people are leaving Hampton Roads for better-paying jobs

By Krystal Searcy | Jan 3, 2024
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Though more people are working in Virginia, the Commonwealth is being outperformed by neighboring states as younger people are leaving the Hampton Roads region, according to a new report out of Old Dominion University. “There is…
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BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION AWARDS NEARLY $94M TO TRAIN, PREPARE DIVERSE WORKFORCE FOR GOOD JOBS CREATED BY ‘INVESTING IN AMERICA’ AGENDA

By Krystal Searcy | Dec 18, 2023
Readying workers for infrastructure jobs, including union jobs, in 25 states, District of Columbia WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of nearly $94 million in grants to support 34 public-private partnerships to provide worker-centered sector strategy…
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Hampton Roads Workforce Council Receives $14 Million from U.S. Department of Defense to Bolster Maritime Workforce

By Krystal Searcy | Dec 18, 2023
Funding to support regional workforce initiatives related to U.S. Navy’s Submarine Industrial Base Norfolk, VA — December 7, 2023— The Hampton Roads Workforce Council, in collaboration with Newport News Shipbuilding and a host of local maritime industry businesses and training…
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Empowering the Next Generation: GLOW Program Students Explore Renewable Energy with the Hampton Roads Workforce Council at Centura College

By Krystal Searcy | Dec 14, 2023
Centura College’s Norfolk campus recently hosted sixty-four students from the Girls Lead Offshore Wind (GLOW) program, accompanied by staff from the Hampton Roads Workforce Council. The purpose of their visit was to explore Centura College’s Wind Turbine Program and engage…
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Apprenticeships lead to high-paying jobs and fill workforce gaps in Hampton Roads, experts say

Apprenticeships lead to high-paying jobs and fill workforce gaps in Hampton Roads, experts say

By Krystal Searcy | Nov 20, 2023
Apprenticeships help disadvantaged workers get into high-paying jobs while helping employers develop employees and retain them longer, Hampton Roads experts say. “Apprenticeship is a phenomenal pathway into positive economic mobility and family-sustaining wages,” said Christina Brooks, senior director of community…
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How companies can leverage our military community to bolster the region’s talent pipeline | Expert column

How companies can leverage our military community to bolster the region’s talent pipeline | Expert column

By Krystal Searcy | Nov 9, 2023
Employers understand that Hampton Roads is home to the largest naval base in the world — full of untapped talent and experience that exists within our military community. Yet, they often struggle with how to best engage with service members.…
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IN THE NEWS: The Hampton Roads Workforce Council held a grand re-opening ceremony for its Virginia Career Works Portsmouth Center on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

By Krystal Searcy | Oct 25, 2023
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Roads Workforce Council held a grand re-opening ceremony for its Virginia Career Works Portsmouth Center on Tuesday, Oct. 24. For 14 years the center was located on George Washington Highway. It has now moved…
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