Know where you are going!
Know how to get there!
Finding that first job — not to mention deciding on a career — is a big deal for every young person. Your local Workforce Center is a gold mine of information and resources to help you set your direction, get the training you need and find a job to put that training to work. Special programs are available for young people facing extra obstacles to launching their future.
Young people 16 and older may use any of the services available through Virginia Workforce Center's core services:
- 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 you keep your job once you are placed.
A fully-equipped resource room at each Workforce Center offers computers with high-speed internet where you can register for employment services and job matching as well as apply for unemployment benefits. You can prepare resumes, application letters and other documents you might need to apply for a job. 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.
In addition, the Workforce Development Board offers specific programs for youth age 14 to 21. WIA Youth Services are available to low income youth ages 14 through 21 — and others in certain circumstances. If you are having trouble getting ready to work or finding work because you have dropped out of school, are homeless or have been in foster care, you may be eligible for special services. You may also qualify if you have problems with basic reading and math, are homeless or a runaway, are pregnant or parenting, have been incarcerated or faced other problems.
Participants have opportunties for learning and job training through:
- Comprehensive guidance and counseling
- Basic education: remedial courses to improve or refresh your skills
- Tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to completion of secondary school (including dropout prevention)
- Alternative school services
- GED classes and training: preparation and testing to receive the General Education Development certificate
- Paid and unpaid work experience (such as internships and shadowing)
- Occupational skills training: attend college, technical school or other training and education that will let you find and keep employment well into the future
- Work experience: work first hand in an occupation to explore the long range prospects for employment
- Job placement: help in finding, applying for, and preparing for jobs
- Mentoring by appropriate adults
- Leadership development
- Support services: access resources that will ensure you can complete training and enter the workforce quickly and successfully.
Other partners in the workforce center also have special programs for youth. Call or visit the nearest Workforce Center to learn about programs by:
- Goodwill Industries of the Valleys
- Total Action Against Poverty
- Support to Eliminate Poverty (STEP) Inc.
- Job Corps
- Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Service
A myriad of other youth services are accessible through 2-1-1 Virginia.