Workforce Studies and Initiatives
In 2018 the Talent Coalition, a workforce development committee of the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, identified a need to conduct a wage and benefit survey of the Greater Augusta Region and its surrounding communities. The Coalition made the decision to expand the reach of the project beyond the Staunton, Augusta County, Waynesboro footprint to include the counties and cities on either side of the Greater Augusta region. The final result is a document in four parts; one report for the entire greater region and three micro-region reports. In addition to the Staunton, Augusta County, Waynesboro region, the extended area surveyed includes Lexington, Rockbridge County, Buena Vista, Highland County, Shenandoah County, Page County, and Harrisonburg-Rockingham.
2019 Wage and Benefit Survey
Staunton, Augusta County, Waynesboro: 10-Year Career and Technical Strategic Plan
This plan was set in motion by area employers who frequently, consistently, and repeatedly reported to economic developers that they are unable to fill critical jobs with the available workforce. The employers linked their inability to staff vacancies to the career and technical education programs offered in the region. While additional factors play into shortages of a skilled workforce, the economic developers of Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro determined there was merit in evaluating the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of career and technical education in the three jurisdictions and what could be done, over time, to improve programs for the benefit of students, graduates, employers, and the region’s economy.
Training, Career Planning, Employer Assistance
Valley Career Hub is a collaborative effort among the business, education, and economic development communities in the Shenandoah Valley to broaden awareness of high-demand, high-growth, high-wage careers in our region and promote local training opportunities for these careers.
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The Shenandoah Valley Regional Workforce Development Board creates and sustains powerful connections between businesses and job seekers through Virginia Career Works, a statewide network of employment professionals.
Valley Career and Technical Center is part of the public school systems of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro. Our students gain technical skills in a variety of career areas designed to prepare them for entry-level positions or acceptance into post-secondary education. In addition to the many high school programs, the Center offers career and technical training for adults interested in apprenticeship programs, basic skills training or a GED.
Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center provides people with disabilities comprehensive, individualized services to realize personal independence through employment.
Save money by training locally. We can provide custom training and employee assessments at your place of business or you can send your employees here for classes. Consider renting the Plecker Workforce Center for your seminars and meetings.