In an effort to help close the skills gap in key industry sectors of critical importance and to encourage employer-led talent development solutions, Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the Commonwealth’s first talent solutions grants competition. With $900,000 in grant money available, job training and developing vital workplace skills for employees will increase and become more efficient.
In partnership with the Virginia Employment Commission, the grants will be made available to three types of private sector applicants:
- A group of businesses operating in the same industry sector that comes together out of a shared commitment to design and execute an innovative and highly effective training program to develop a talent pipeline of skilled workers for entry level jobs that can lead to career positions.
- A group of businesses from different industry sectors that have a common workforce development need and join together to design and execute training to develop shared skill requirements in new job applicants or incumbent workers.
- An individual employer who has identified a need to lead a skills development initiative with companies who comprise that employer’s supply chain. In this type of grant application, the large employer takes the lead in working with members of its supply chain to identify common critical workplace skills that can be developed through incumbent or pre-employment training.
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