Workforce Development

While the Gateway Region has the people you need to staff your company, VGR has access to the resources to take your team and business to the next level. From government incentive programs to regional partnerships and continuing education opportunities, our workforce development options give employers and employees the flexibility to find the training they need, in the environment or format that fits them best.

Virginia Jobs Investment Program

The Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), a program of the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, is one of Virginia's most actively used economic development incentives. VJIP helps offset recruiting and training costs incurred by companies that are either creating new jobs or implementing technological upgrades. In addition to offering direct funding, VJIP provides assistance with workforce-related challenges and organizational development workshops.

As a result of its flexibility and ease of use, the program is consistently ranked among the top 10 best workforce training programs in the nation by Expansion Management magazine.

Manufacturing Skills Institute

Founded by the Virginia Manufacturers Association and ECPI University, the Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) is an industry certification system for meeting the needs of new and existing employers in advanced manufacturing and technology fields such as advanced materials, biotech/biomedical, semiconductor manufacturing and pharmaceutical. After training and assessment are delivered either at an education partner location in the area or at a company's location, the MSI will award certification for Manufacturing Technicians or Specialists. Training and assessment focuses on three areas of competency: Math & Measurement, Quality & Business Acumen, and Spatial Reasoning & Manufacturing Technology. This certification produces workers ready for employment in advanced manufacturing industries, prepared to operate precision machinery, systems and processes, with skills like machine programming, CAD, precision measurement, machine troubleshooting and maintenance, among others.

Community College Workforce Alliance

Community College Workforce AllianceA partnership between John Tyler Community College (JTCC), J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and the regional business community, the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) offers customized training for your company. CCWA features strong training programs in Lean Six Sigma, project management, process improvement and American Production and Inventory Control Society. CCWA can train in all five areas of the supply chain certification.

Other training solutions include: workplace technology, leadership/supervisory training, business writing, and communication and project management.

Area Colleges & Universities

Two- and four-year colleges and universities in the Gateway Region are in sync with its target industries, providing curriculum and technology relevant to what today’s employers are looking for. 

  • John Tyler Community CollegeJohn Tyler Community College: As the fifth largest college in the Virginia Community College System, JTCC offers more than 50 programs, 14 associate degrees, eight certificates and 30 career studies certificates, serving over 10,000 students. Rolls-Royce, other local employers and Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing participants have donated the same machinery used in area facilities, enabling the college to more effectively train the students who may become employees.
  • Richard Bland College/College of William and Mary: Richard Bland College is the two-year counterpart to the College of William and Mary – one of the oldest colleges in the country and the birthplace of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
  • Virginia State UniversityVirginia State University: In addition to a strong and diverse liberal arts program, the university boasts Virginia's only manufacturing engineering degree as well as a logistics technology degree program. The land grant campus also offers cutting edge training via its agricultural extension component – Randolph Farm.
  • Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVirginia Commonwealth University (VCU)/Medical College of Virginia (MCV): This is the largest public university in Virginia, VCU has strong programs across the board including a medical/research university, engineering and business schools, fine arts and a marketing/branding center.
  • University of RichmondUniversity of Richmond: A private liberal arts university in Richmond with a premier law school and strong liberal arts curriculum. The University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers personal enrichment and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes and membership.