WORKFORCE & TALENT

The Shenandoah Valley is home to 11 colleges and universities. High academic standards, new technologies, and the application of classroom learning to real-world situations prepare graduates to enter the job market as educated and skilled professionals.

The award-winning InDemand Jobs Campaign markets high-demand, high-growth and high-wage occupations and accompanying educational opportunities, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board and WHSV-TV3. Highlighted occupations require further education after high school, but not necessarily a four-year degree. Click here to view examples of in-demand occupations and corresponding training programs.

The region’s 7,000 annual graduates strengthen the workforce and enrich the cultural vitality of our community. Additionally, Shenandoah Valley businesses recruit prospective employees from our neighboring institutions including, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Shenandoah University.

The Shenandoah Valley’s high-density of educational institutions and partners create collaborative workforce solutions. Merck recently announced an investment of up to $1 billion thanks to a collaboration between Blue Ridge Community College and James Madison University to develop their future talent pipeline. The two institutions are creating curriculum and training programs centered on biotechnology, process engineering and workforce development. Click here to read Virginia Business’ recent highlight of this collaborative initiative.

In 2018, The Hershey Company Boot Camp was developed in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board as an innovative tool to increase the retention and quality of production line hires. Now in its second cohort, thirty individuals have been retained and are working toward the opportunity of registered apprenticeship in the Industrial Manufacturing Technician program. This successful program will help fill the 65 jobs created as a result of the $104 MM announced expansion.

Registered Apprenticeship is a time-tested educational method that combines on-the-job training and one-on-one mentoring with theoretical instruction to teach the whys and hows of job performance. To create an apprenticeship program or add an occupation to an existing program, Shenandoah Valley companies contact our partners at the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board to provide technical support for program design, instruction alternatives, and enrollment processing. Hear what regional companies; including Innovative Refrigeration Systems, Inc.; Riddleberger Brothers, Inc.; F.R. Drake Company; and Design Electric, Inc; have to say about how registered apprenticeships have proven to be a successful workforce solution for their businesses. 

To explore investing in this region, contact our Shenandoah Valley Partnership team.


Connecting Job Seekers with Workforce Needs through the InDemand Jobs Campaign

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