West Virginia Workforce Programs
West Virginia dedicates resources to improving the state’s workforce and supporting continued enterprise growth and expansion through the continued efforts of these 3 programs.
Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program
About the Program
This vital program provides new or expanding companies training funds and technical assistance to support effective employee training strategies. Not limited to new employees, this program targets the business’s entire workforce, training, re-training and upgrading skills across all levels. Since the program’s launch, more than $54 million has been awarded to employers and nearly 200,000 employees have received training.
Amount & Eligibility
Overall funding levels are based on average starting wages and benefits, location of your facility, number of employees, and number of employees being trained. Awards cannot exceed $2,000 per trainee.
How to Apply
If you are a current West Virginia employer or would like to relocate your business to West Virginia, we look forward to helping you enhance your work force. Let us show you how you can be a part of our success.
Contact us today to learn more about incorporating this valuable program within your company.
Workforce West Virginia
About the Agency
WorkForce West Virginia is the state government agency acting as the one-stop center for workforce resources, including assistance throughout the hiring process, support for employee training, tax incentives and labor market information. All of our services are available at 13 comprehensive career centers throughout the state. In addition, WorkForce West Virginia has the largest online database of job seekers and job openings in the state.
Who do we help?
- Job Seekers – New to the job market, Veterans, and laid-off workers
- Employers – Businesses looking to hire qualified, skilled individuals
- Unemployed – We help both Claimants and Employers navigate the complexities of Unemployment Insurance Claims
Regions and Locations
West Virginia is divided into seven regions that administer programs funded by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) out of 18 local offices across the state. To find a local office near you, see the Locations Map.
Community and Technical Colleges
About the Opportunity
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.
Benefits to Businesses:
- Meet your workforce demands efficiently
- Link education and training with your company’s needs
- Find programs and grants available to assist in company training
Governor’s Economic Initiatives
The Office of Governor’s Economic Initiatives establishes advanced training opportunities through nationally accredited technical programs to strategically target state economic needs while preparing the emerging workforce for career success.
Want to learn more?
For more information about the custom training programs available to your company, contact the West Virginia Department of Economic Development.