Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board

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Resources for businesses and career seekersThe Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board (SVWDB) was established in 2000 to provide oversight and administration of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in the Shenandoah Valley. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act guides the delivery of workforce development programs for adults, dislocated workers and youth throughout the United States, with the intent of establishing and maintaining an effective network of resources for businesses, workers and career seekers.

The SVWDB acts as a catalyst to provide seamless services among various workforce programs and provides community leadership around workforce issues. In this capacity, the SVWDB assumes five strategic roles as convener:

  • Convener to bring together business, education, economic development, organized labor, and community and faith based organizations to focus on regional workforce issues.
  • Workforce Analyst to research, disseminate, understand and act as the repository for current labor market and economic information and trends.
  • Broker to bring together systems to solve problems or broker new relationships with businesses and workers.
  • Community Voice to advocate for the importance of workforce policy, providing perspective about the need for skilled workers.
  • Capacity Builder to enhance the region’s ability to meet workforce needs of local employers, develop workers and build a stronger community.
  • Collaboration is at the core of the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board’s (SVWDB) mission, working with a wide-range of regional and state partners to offer a variety of services such as employment information, career development training opportunities, easy access to support programs, and self-directed job search/job posting options, on the job training, work experiences, worker training and other business services.

FAST FACTS

  • The SVWDB is an incorporated 501c (3) non-profit organization serving 10 counties and 6 cities.
  • The SVWDB and related workforce initiatives are overseen by a Board of Directors and operates under the direction of a Chief Elected Officials Consortium.
  • The SVWDB is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), discretionary grants, community block grants, and leveraged resources. SVWDB has written over $19,000,000 in proposals which have been awarded for additional workforce initiative funding.

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Services: Workforce Development Programs for Career Seekers and Businesses

Locations: Valley Workforce Centers

Assistance Network: The Valley Workforce Centers located in the central Shenandoah Valley are sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, and are part of the Elevate Virginia network. Board members include area businesses, service agencies, education entities and training providers working together to provide integrated, user-friendly and responsive services to our community of businesses, workers, career seekers and youth.

Self-Help for Career Seekers: Career seekers can use the Virginia Workforce Connection, which offers several options for a self-directed job search in specific Virginia cities and counties, a national job search by state, military specialty, government jobs and other national sites for jobs and employment information. Career seekers may also search for employment using the online classified sections of local Valley newspapers.

Self-Help for Businesses: Employers may post job orders to the Virginia Employment Commission’s job order database.