BUSINESSES

WE SUPPORT BUSINESSES LIKE YOURS!

Virginia Career Works – Greater Peninsula Region facilitates programs that assist new and existing businesses in accessing qualified workers and job seekers and bolstering their earnings.  We can assist companies by connecting them with qualified applicants, reducing their costs per hire, providing productive/skilled employees and reducing unwanted turnover.

As the baby boom generation slowly exits the U.S. workplace, a new survey by the Society for Human Resource Management concluded that the incoming generation is sorely lacking in much needed workplace skills — both basic academic and more advanced “applied” skills. The dedicated team of workforce experts at the Virginia Career Works—Greater Peninsula Region is well connected with business’ needs for a skilled workforce. Tap into our many services to recruit and retain your workforce.

The Greater Peninsula Workforce Board can assist companies by connecting them with qualified applicants, reducing their cost per hire, providing productive/skilled employees, and reducing unwanted turnover.

With the help of industry representatives, the Council identifies unmet needs within key industry clusters.  Our Employer Advisory Groups are composed of representatives from the same or similar industries for the purpose of identifying and discussing industry and workforce needs and issues. Areas of discussion may include:

  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Skill requirements for specific jobs or career pathways
  • Training requirements for emerging, incumbent and/or expanding workforces
  • Challenges pertaining to employee attraction and retention

For more information about the Employer Advisory Groups, please contact Gary Butler at gbutler@vcwpeninsula.com or 757-826-3327.

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY SERVICES

The Greater Peninsula Workforce Board recognizes that businesses are a key part of the workforce development equation and the mission of the Peninsula Partnership Business Services Team is to assist Peninsula businesses to meet their workforce needs by facilitating easy access to the broad array of coordinated services and resources that are available to them through local and state agencies. In furtherance of that mission, this page provides users with continuously updated data on key business climate metrics pertaining to the Peninsula’s economy, workforce, and population demographics.

For information on the workforce development services and resources that are available to Peninsula businesses, we suggest that you take a look at the Peninsula Partnership Business Services Team’s Service Matrix Tool.

Need employees for critical positions?  The Virginia Career Works—Hampton Center provides a highly visible job-posting option that can be viewed by thousands of job seekers right here on the Peninsula.

Does your company recruit retiring or transitioning military personnel? As a community with a strong Department of Defense focus, military personnel offer a treasure trove of human resources that already know your government clients as well as you. We facilitate the exchange of potential employment opportunities for military personnel who are, or will soon be, entering the civilian workforce.

The Greater Peninsula Region conducts two to four job fairs each year, and we are a resource for area organizations conducting year-round job fairs. To find upcoming job fairs, check out our calendar.

On-the-Job Training (OJT) provides unique opportunities for those who already possess some job-related skills and the knowledge to “learn as they earn.” By participating in training as an employee, the participant not only acquires new skills and knowledge, but also receives the same wages and benefits as current employees in same or similar positions. The employer benefits by being reimbursed for part of the participant’s wages during the training period, while having the services of a full-time employee. For more information, contact a Hampton Center staff member,  Diana Cordero at 757-766-4916.

In collaboration with our many workforce partners, the Greater Peninsula Workforce Board and the Hampton Center are committed to assisting area employers in developing flexible training programs that raise employee productivity and production quality. Following an exploratory meeting with Board staff, your company will work with training courseware developers to create effective, multi-media training programs that motivate your employees to develop critical skills or techniques. . For more information, contact a Hampton Center staff member,  Diana Cordero at 757-766-4916.

Incumbent worker training (IWT) under WIOA provides both workers and employers with the opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce and increase both participants’ and companies’ competitiveness.  It is a type of work-based training and upskilling designed to ensure that employees of a company can acquire the skills necessary to retain employment and advance within the company, or to acquire the skills necessary to avert a layoff. Incumbent worker training is responsive to the special requirements of an employer or a group of employers in partnership with other entities for the purposes of delivery training to 1) help avert potential layoffs of employees and 2) Increase the skill levels of employees so they can be promoted within the company and create backfill opportunities for the employers.

Incumbent Workers Only—Click below for Incumbent Worker Pilot On-line Orientation

During the ebb and flow of the business cycle, businesses often experience downturns that force adjustments to the size of their staffing. Many companies feel a strong desire to minimize the impact on their employees to the greatest extent possible when they are facing an economic necessity to curtail operations. Our workforce partner, the Virginia Employment Commission, will work discreetly with any area employer to help them through this stressful process. For more information, contact a Hampton Center staff member, Angela Sullivan Harris at 757-766-4918.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are becoming critically important as outsourcing and off-shoring of many different jobs becomes increasingly common. The Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Newport News metropolitan area was ranked the 7th best city for entrepreneurs. There are several programs in the area to develop entrepreneurial skills, and the tax environment is attractive to potential entrepreneurs.