FAQ

Virginia Career Works stands for access, trust, support, and innovation with the vision of meaningful work and a successful career for every Virginian and sustainable vitality and growth for business and industry across the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Board of Workforce Development is business-led board that acts as the principal advisor to the Governor and provides strategic leadership to the state regarding the workforce development system and its efforts to create a strong workforce aligned with employer needs.

Our top priority is to help Virginia businesses grow and stay competitive. To make it seamless for businesses to access the vast array of resources Virginia has to offer, we have Employer Services. Representatives are available to help you address workforce related needs. This assistance is free of charge. Click the link below for more information and to find your representative.

You can find a testing location by zip code at http://www.vccs.edu/workforce/career-readiness-certificate/. If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Fast, VCCS Program Coordinator at mfast@vccs.edu  or (804) 819-4985.

Virginia has a wide array of training opportunities for its workforce. Starting the process of figuring out what might be best for you may seem daunting. Two great ways to start a search for career and educational opportunities are the Virginia Wizard Online Tool and by contacting a local Career Center.

70 Virginia Workforce Career Centers, are located across the state to provide Virginians with the resources they need to search for jobs and improve professional skills. They are also a place for employers to have a single point of contact to provide information about current and future skills needed by their workers and to list job openings. More information on Career Centers can be found by clicking the link below.

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a local board appointed by the County Executive to align employment and training programs into a comprehensive system. A list of Virginia’s Workforce Development Boards can be found by clicking the link below.

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the nation’s principal workforce development legislation, providing funds to address the employment and training needs of adults, dislocated workers and youth. WIOA creates a comprehensive workforce investment system.

You may be eligible for assistance if you fall in one of the following categories: adults, dislocated workers, and youth. WIOA is federal law with very specific eligibility requirements in each of the categories listed above. Please contact a local Career Center to begin the process of determining your eligibility.

There are instances where WIOA may help pay for school, based on specific eligibility and guidelines. Please contact a local Career Center for information on WIOA eligibility and services.

ITA stands for Individual Training Account. ITAs are designed to provide education and skills to job seekers who are in need of training to prepare them for currently available employment opportunities.

An ITA is obtained after WIA eligibility has been established. Case managers complete an assessment of the customer’s circumstances and determine if they have or need skills to obtain employment.  The ITA would be granted to the individual to access training in a field that has employment opportunities.

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