Workforce

Job Training Program

Community colleges provide workforce training and two-year programs relevant to their regions’ core employment opportunities. This region is served by programs at three different community colleges: Virginia Western CC, New River CC, and Wytheville CC.

The region is served by the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Board. Workforce development centers in the area also provide training programs and assistance:

  • Giles County Partnership for Excellence
  • Giles County Technology Cente
  • rRadford Workforce Center
  • Workforce Development Center – Christiansburg
  • Workforce Development Center – Dublin
  • Workforce Development Center – Floyd

The NRV Commerce Park Participation Committee will partner with New River Community College’s Workforce Development Center and the Virginia Department of Business Assistance’s Virginia Job Investment Program (VJIP) to assist new and expanding industries in all of their training needs. VJIP provides customized recruiting and training services to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change. Working closely with company personnel, the VJIP program offers consulting services, electronic media services and funding for training of new employees. In general, full cost train the trainer assistance and half cost reimbursement for workers’ wages and salaries during training is offered. Employers are under no obligation to hire potential workers partaking in orientation training.

Workforce Quantity

With a population of 409,966 and a workforce of 209,106, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership estimates there are 17,892 underemployed persons and 7,449 unemployed individuals available to work within a 45-minute commute.

 

Civilian Workforce

Employment

Unemployment Numbers

Unemployment Rate (%)

Locality

March 2012

March 2012

March 2012

March 2012

Bland County

3,522

3,325

197

5.6

Craig County

2,554

2,404

150

5.9

Giles County

8,929

8,382

547

6.1

Montgomery County

51,699

48,757

2,942

5.7

Pulaski County

19,001

17,870

1,131

6

City of Radford

8,713

8,132

581

6.7

City of Roanoke

48,709

45,142

3,567

7.3

Roanoke County

49,750

47,144

2,606

5.2

Wythe County

16,229

15,182

1,047

6.5

Virginia's First Region

209,106

196,338

12,768

6

Virginia

4,328,423

4,080,937

247,486

796

Source: Virginia Employment Commission 2012