Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) 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.
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.
Apprentice-Related Instruction (ARI) is available to businesses with facilities in Virginia. ARI trains employees in skilled occupations through a combination of on-the-job work experience and classroom instruction. The Virginia Community College System and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry administer the ARI program statewide in partnership with regional schools systems and technical centers. Apprenticeship programs in northern Virginia 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.
The Workforce Services Program, offered through the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, provides free services to eligible new and expanding businesses. Services include conducting training needs analyses, recruiting employees, implementing organizational development and continuous improvement programs, preparing electronic media for orientation and training and funding employee training and retraining programs and services.