Workforce Assistance

Workforce development leads to prosperous employees, businesses, and local communities.  By training and upskilling our workforce, companies can enjoy happier employees, lower turnover, and exciting growth opportunities — not to mention support growth for the economy as a whole.

You don’t have to tackle workforce development alone.  Our team can assist with recruitment and retention, labor market and wage analyses, closure and layoff aversion, and information about grant and tax credits to offset hiring and training expenses.

Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA)

The CCWA is a partnership between Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College that provides non-credit training, certification courses, customized training courses, onsite training at your business, consulting, skills assessments and educational programs.

Recruiting Through Local Universities and Colleges

With over five colleges and universities within 50 miles of Goochland, business are at a great advantage when it comes to recruiting students out of college. These universities offer career and recruitment services that help businesses recruit alumni and recent graduates. They also provide Job Fairs for their students and recent graduates, offering Goochland businesses an amazing opportunity to get in front of the students. Contact Goochland County Economic Development for help connecting with these institutions. 

While not every university and college uses it, many Virginia Colleges and Universities utilize the job posting platform, Handshake. If you are looking to recruit straight out of Virginia schools, it is recommended you setup a Handshake account to learn more about upcoming job fairs at participating Virginia Colleges and to advertise your job postings directly to students. 

Partner with Goochland County Public Schools Work Based Learning Program 

Work-based learning is a program comprised of school-coordinated workplace experiences that are related to students' career goals and/or interests, sometimes integrated with instruction, and performed in partnerships with local businesses and organizations. These experiences often times lead to full time employment after graduation.

Businesses can partner with Goochland County Public Schools to provide job shadowing opportunities, internships and externships, and registered apprenticeships through the Virginia Department of Labor. This program helps businesses address current workforce shortages while training their future full time workforce. 

Network2WorkRVA

Network2WorkRVA connects skilled job seekers with employers looking to fill vital roles within their company.

Virginia Career Works – Capital Region

Funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Virginia Career Works serves eight jurisdictions of Greater Richmond which includes Goochland County.  For job seekers, Career Works can help with job searches, career services, updating skills, youth and veteran services, networking and additional resources.  For businesses, they offer services such as labor market information, recruiting and screening, employee development and consulting services.

Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership - Intern Staffing Services

The Virginia Talent and Opportunity Partnership (V-TOP) is committed to expanding the number of paid and credit-bearing internships and other work-based learning opportunities throughout the state in collaboration with Virginia employers. One way to help expand internship opportunities is by supporting small to midsize employers with their recruitment and hiring needs. Therefore, V-TOP has acquired the assistance of a staffing agency, iQuasar, to help connect employers with students across the Commonwealth. V-TOP considers small to midsize employers to include 250 or fewer employees. Additional services may apply for employers who have 150 or fewer employees. 

Virginia Employment Commission (VEC)

Through the Virginia Employment Commission, employers can post job listings and search for qualified employees in the Virginia Workforce Connection database, analyze labor market information and locate business services.  In addition to administering  the State’s unemployment insurance program, VEC also provides resources  for workforce training and employer incentive programs.  For job seekers, VEC provides assistance with job searches, creating and posting a resume, job training opportunities and more.

Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP)

VJIP is a discretionary program offered by the State that provides funding to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change to reduce the human resource development costs for new companies, expanding companies, and companies retraining their employees.  In addition to direct funding to offset a company’s recruitment and training costs, Regional Talent Solutions Business Managers offer human resource consultative support at no charge.

Virginia Talent Accelerator Program

The Virginia Talent Accelerator Program, delivered by VEDP in partnership with the Virginia Community College System, provides world-class training and recruitment solutions that are fully customized to a company’s unique operations, equipment, standards, and culture. All program services are provided at no cost to qualified new and expanding companies as an incentive for job creation.