The Western Virginia Workforce Development Board's goal is to help individuals who:
- Are entering the workforce for the first time.
- Have been laid off due to plant closings or other economic issues.
- Are working but need additional skills to stay employed.
- Are ready to take the next step in a current career.
All job seekers can get assistance by:
- Understanding what jobs are in demand.
- What skills are needed for various occupations.
- Finding training opportunities, including financial aid information
- Preparing resumes
- Identifying current openings
- Preparing for interviews
A fully-equipped resource room at each Workforce Center offers computers with high-speed internet access where you can register for employment services and job matching as well as apply for unemployment benefits. The resource rooms also have copiers, printers, fax machines, and job listings. Resource room staff will assist you in searching for employment, preparing a resume, and applying for openings.
Special programs are available for individuals who:
- are farm and migrant workers
- are former homemakers
- are veterans
- are 55 years or older, including on-the-job training for low-income older Americans
- are seeking a high school diploma or GED
- have been laid off, including having jobs moved overseas
- are disabled, including physical or mental disabilities
- are non-native English speakers
- need help with reading or literacy
- are ex-offenders.
Because many of the programs have eligibility requirements, a Workforce Center staff member will guide you through the process and help determine the best course for your career.
The Center offers Workforce Investment Act employment and training services for low income adults and those who have been laid off through no fault of their own (dislocated workers). The three-tiered program helps you look for work on your own, with staff assistance and, if necessary, offers training opportunities.