Virginia Workforce Network

Who we Serve

Three-tiered approach gets you back in the workforce fast

The Workforce Investment Act stresses job preparation and targets high-demand, high-wage occupations to ensure you become — and remain — economically self-sufficient.

Core Services

  • Core services are available to anyone 16 years or older.
  • Job search and placement assistance (including career counseling)
  • Information on job vacancies and how to apply for them
  • Skills needed for in-demand jobs
  • Local, regional, and national employment trends
  • Initial assessment of skills and needs
  • Information about extra services you might qualify for
  • Follow-up services to help customers keep their jobs once they are placed.

Intensive Services

WIA adult and dislocated worker program services are for unemployed individuals who are not able to find jobs through core services alone. To qualify for the programs individuals must meet income and/or employment eligibility requirements. In some cases the intensive services are available to employed workers who need more help to find or keep a job. Intensive services include:

  • More comprehensive assessments
  • Development of individual employment plans
  • Group and individual counseling
  • Case management and short-term prevocational services.

Training Services

In cases where qualified customers receive intensive services, and are still not able to find jobs, they may receive training services which are directly linked to job opportunities in their local area. These services focus on preparing you for a career providing a living wage and a chance for continued advancement. Training services include:

  • Job Counseling: Discuss your interests, aptitude, and options with a professional trained to guide you through the training and employment process.
  • Literacy Activities: Learn to read or improve your skills in English as a second language.
  • Adult Basic Education: Take remedial courses to improve or refresh your skills.
  • GED Classes and Training: Prepare and test for the GED (General Education Development certificate).
  • Job Readiness Training: Learn the soft skills and steps to getting and keeping a job.
  • Work Experience: Work first hand in an occupation to explore the long range prospects for employment.
  • On-the-Job Training: Learn directly from an employer while you work and receive a paycheck.
  • Skill Upgrading: Brush up on skills that will make you more competitive in the marketplace.
  • Classroom Training: Study specific coursework targeting a career opportunity.
  • Occupational Skills Training: Attend college, technical school, or other training and education that will let you find and keep employment well into the future.
  • Entrepreneurial Training: Discover what it takes — and learn how — to start your own business.
  • Support Services: Access resources that will ensure you can complete training and enter the workforce quickly and successfully.