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CCWA Partners with VMA to Address a Growing Skills Gap in a Vital Industry

CCWA Partners with VMA to Address a Growing Skills Gap in a Vital Industry

Manufacturing is still alive and well in the Greater Richmond region. Our local economy continues to benefit from this thriving business sector, which has created more ancillary jobs in comparison to others. The manufacturing industry, however, is only as good as its human capital, and a large skills gap has appeared in the last decade.

While manufacturing plants have many open positions, and opportunities exist for employees to progress upward internally, employers find it difficult to locate candidates with the needed technical knowledge. This skills gap creates a significant opportunity for companies and individuals to break away from the pack. Job seekers and incumbent employees who are enhancing their knowledge and technical expertise become more competitive. Additionally, companies that actively invest in their employees increase productivity in their workplaces.

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Virginia Awarded $6.9 Million in American Apprenticeship Grants

Virginia Awarded $6.9 Million in American Apprenticeship Grants

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that Virginia has been awarded $6.9 million in American Apprenticeship Grants from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to expand apprenticeships in high-growth industries.  U.S. DOL awarded $175 million in grants to 46 awardees, and Virginia is being awarded funding for apprenticeship initiatives at the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc. and the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA). CCWA is the workforce development partnership between John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College.

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Bronze, Silver and Gold = Employment Ready

Bronze, Silver and Gold = Employment Ready

Hiring and recruitment are full of unknowns. More than ever, businesses want to make certain current and potential employees have the basic work skills necessary to successfully perform key job duties. In the Greater Richmond region, dozens of employers connect the right person for the right job using the results of the Virginia Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). As part of its mission to benefit economic development and workforce needs in Central Virginia, the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) offers individuals and companies these assessments of workplace skills.

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How do we see beyond the resume during recruitment efforts?

How do we see beyond the resume during recruitment efforts?

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There are two areas of evaluation in the recruitment process: 1) Are they qualified to do the job? 2) How will they fit into our organization’s culture? I’ll leave the latter to your judgement. But, the former comes with its own set of challenges.

It’s unfortunate, but increasingly candidates have started “enhancing” their resumes to convey experience or technical skills they do not have. This can make finding qualified candidates even more difficult. Extensive interviews can reveal weak skill sets if they are focused enough, but many know the buzz words and can easily hold a conversation about a topic in which they have no real experience.

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