West Virginia Workforce Training & Programs
Workforce training is a top priority in the Mountain State. West Virginia gives businesses and their employees an advantage through renowned, specialized workforce education and training programs.
Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program
The Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program (GGWFP) provides new and expanding businesses with technical and financial assistance to train, retrain and enhance the skills of their employees.
Overall funding levels are based on wages and benefits, location of facilities, number of employees and number of individuals needing training. Since the program’s launch, more than $54 million has been awarded to employers and nearly 200,000 employees have received training.
WorkForce West Virginia is comprised of a network of workforce development services for employers, including pre-screened pools of candidates, assistance throughout the hiring process, and support for employee training and education.
The team at WorkForce West Virginia stands ready to help your company with the unemployment process and offers detailed information on tax incentives and labor market data.
These services are available through thirteen comprehensive career centers across the state. In addition, WorkForce West Virginia has the largest online database of job seekers and job openings in the state.
Community and Technical Colleges
West Virginia offers businesses and industries the opportunity to partner with our Community and Technical College System to develop specialized education and training programs.
Over the last decade, West Virginia’s Community and Technical Colleges have created nearly 150 new customer training programs, many in partnership with local companies and business investors.
West Virginia Invests Grant Program
With 3/4 of jobs in the current economy requiring post-secondary education or training, West Virginia Invests is designed to help more West Virginians earn the credentials to be successful in a competitive workforce.
This new initiative is a “last-dollar-in” financial aid program designed to cover the cost of basic tuition and fees for certificate or associate degree programs in specific high-demand fields at a participating West Virginia public two- or four-year institution.
West Virginia Invests was created by the Legislature during the 2019 regular session and the program is managed by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.