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.
We were thrilled to see the awesome work CCWA’s Linda Hogan has been doing with Rolls-Royce featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Work It, Richmond “You Need to Meet” section. She’s an amazing steward for the manufacturing job sector here in Richmond, and is an inspiration in her field.
There will always be a demand for welders in our workforce. It’s one of those jobs that cannot be shipped overseas, but the field requires technical training and experience to become an expert. Trained welders enjoy numerous benefits, though, including job security and the ability to change careers and geographic locations easily, due to the fact that welding affects just about every industry.
A new article published today in the Richmond Times-Dispatch “Spotting the hot jobs” outlines current trends in hiring in the Richmond area. The jobs are there, but area employers are looking for specific sets of skills.
The article states what we at CCWA know very well: that the jobs that are hardest to fill are the ones that require specific skill sets. These jobs require training, and that training is paying off now more than ever.