Workforce Development

Workforce Training Programs and Employer Assistance

Fairfax County Public Schools' Adult and Community Education

Small business owners or those interested in starting a business can take courses offered through the Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education Program. Courses related to business operations are offered throughout the year and are tightly focused to quickly bring business owners up-to-speed on financing, marketing and managing a business. Courses and fees vary according to subject matter. The program also offers customized workplace training options for employers. Classes are offered at employer work sites on topics such as English as a second language in the workplace, cultural diversity training, technology classes, business English, management skills, customer service and adult basic education. Apprenticeship-related instruction and distance education options also are available.

Apprenticeship programs in Fairfax County are administered by Fairfax County Public Schools' Adult and Community Education (ACE). The Adult and Community Education (ACE) program of Fairfax County Public Schools began with an action of the School Board in 1955. Since then ACE has helped tens of thousands of adults learn new languages, acquire job skills, transition to new careers, and pursue life-enriching interests. Fairfax County looks to ACE to help develop its workforce, provide solutions to community problems through education, and create a culture of lifelong learning for residents of all ages and cultures. Through responsive programming and targeted advocacy for the adult learner, ACE has helped to nurture a dynamic learning community in Fairfax County.

Northern Virginia Community College Workforce Development Institutes

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has established specialized Workforce Development Institutes to provide customized training in several areas of key importance to area employers—including information technology, business management and consulting, health care services, the construction and building trades, English as a Second Language, and career planning and job placement. Classes can be held at the employer’s site or at any of the college’s campuses.

Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board/SkillSource Group, Inc. — SkillSource Centers

The Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board (NVWIB) oversees One Stop SkillSource Center and affiliate SkillSource sites throughout northern Virginia. The centers, operated by the NVWIB's nonprofit entity The SkillSource Group, Inc., connect employers and job seekers with a variety of employment, education and training services available at the local, state and federal levels. The NVWIB also provides financial assistance through the Northern Virginia Career Skills Loan program and on-the-job training subsidies.

Virginia Department of Business Assistance Jobs Investment Program

The Virginia Department of Business Assistance Virginia Jobs Investment Program staff work closely with company personnel and offer consulting, training, electronic media services (free to qualifying employers) and funding to support employer recruiting and training costs.

Virginia Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship

The Division of Registered Apprenticeship of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry provides technical assistance to businesses in developing and/or expanding training programs through On-the-Job Training and Related Instruction, maintains a statewide system of training for selected skilled occupations and certification for both Apprenticeship Programs and Registered Virginia Apprentices.

For additional information on workforce services, download our Workforce Services fact sheet.