Our team focuses on growing the skills of our current and future workforce to be part of the region's world-class talent pool. We are working to build career pathways to economic mobility by closing skills gaps in targeted growth industries. With our education and employer partners, we are aligning education and training programs with industry needs to give jobseekers targeted in-demand skills while also helping businesses access the talent they need to grow. Career pathways align education and training programs with industry needs to help individuals develop the skills they need to get in-demand jobs and advance in their careers while helping employers access the skilled workers they need to compete.
The goals of the Workforce Hampton initiative are to:
Close the gap in accessibility to workforce resources and services that prepare individuals for employment to provide family sustaining wages.
Create stronger partnerships, policies that will strengthen the workforce as a whole, and opportunities that lead individuals to a career pathway.
ACT Work Ready Communities
The first major initiative under Workforce Hampton was the announcement of the city becoming an ACT Work Ready Community. This initiative’s value is the development and quantifying work-ready skills in Hampton. The information gathered through the program can be used by community leaders to help build career pathways that will help both businesses and individuals thrive.
The WorkOne Center at Y.H. Thomas
The purpose of the WorkOne Center aligns with the goals of the overall Workforce Hampton initiative: close the gap in accessibility to workforce resources and services and create stronger partnerships and effective policies for career-building.