The Power List | Regional leaders assist businesses with coronavirus effects

The Power List | Regional leaders assist businesses with coronavirus effects

When health officials announced in mid-March that community transmission of the novel coronavirus was happening in the United States, a group of Hampton Roads business and workforce leaders sensed it was going to have a profound effect on the regional…

Women on board New program prepares women for careers in ship repair

Women on board New program prepares women for careers in ship repair

In early March, 18 women gathered for the first week of a pre-apprenticeship program designed to catapult them into in-demand careers in the ship repair industry. Run by the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, the 12-week, intensive Women in Skilled Careers (WISC)…

Resources to help businesses navigate uncertain times | Expert column

Over the last couple of years, industry, economic, and education entities have worked collaboratively — focusing efforts on ensuring a highly trained workforce, improving the talent pipeline, and tackling the skilled trade shortage. However, confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic, the…

Resources and updates for businesses and workers in Hampton Roads

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Many business owners and workers are struggling to keep up during the coronavirus shutdown.  In an effort to help smalls business owners affected by the virus within the Commonwealth of Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam requested…

NEWS Workforce council working to help people getting laid off, furloughed due to coronavirus pandemic

NORFOLK, Va. – Jeff Reynolds just got laid off on Thursday. He said he was part of a paint job at a hotel that got stopped. He drove over to the Virginia Career Works Center in Norfolk, but the doors…

Unemployed or furloughed because of the coronavirus? The workforce council wants to help

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Roads Workforce Council helps people find jobs, but right now they are trying to help those who are unemployed or furloughed because of the coronavirus. Shawn Avery, who is the president and CEO of…

Boost the regional economy by leveraging workforce development training | Expert column

When we think about the economic vitality of our region, job creation is often top of mind. How do we attract more businesses? How do we drive job growth? However, it’s high time we pull from the low-hanging fruit: training…

‘Connecting Opportunities’ aims to help students get trained in trade programs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Elizabeth River Crossing have recently teamed up to launch the “Connecting Opportunities” program.  Through Connecting Opportunities, 30 students per year will receive funding to complete trade programs through Tidewater Community College’s…