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InspireYouth@Work Summer Opportunities Fair

On April 25, 2015 CRWP and its Youth Council hosted the first annual InspireYouth@Work Summer Opportunities Fair. This event was a huge hit – attended by 430 young people ages 14 – 21 and 23 vendors. At the end of the day these youth received 126 summer offers, both paid and unpaid. This video tells you all about it.

New VA initiative launched in Richmond

Richmond's new Economic Liaison Denise Laman

On June 4, 2015 CRWP hosted the Richmond launch of the new Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI). Richmond is one of the first 25 communities selected across the nation to start this effort as announced by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald on May 18th in Dallas, Texas.

VECI aims to increase the number of education and employment opportunities for Veterans and their families by networking and drawing together existing community efforts. New Richmond Economic Liaison Denise Laman explained, “I’m here to better connect and amplify your efforts to support servicemembers and their families. Through focused collaboration, we’ll become a model community that the rest of the nation will want to replicate.” Laman has lived and worked in Richmond for over 25 years in both the private and public sectors.

Upcoming VECI initiative work includes education on the use of the VEC™ employment center tool, the development of a Richmond Veteran learning hub, and policy academies to resolve systemic impediments to serving servicemembers.

The launch was well attended by a variety of representatives from government, military, private business, non-profit organizations, and educators. This diversity of perspectives and services was already sparking interesting ideas and conversations about how to assist Richmond’s veterans and fuel a dynamic regional economy. Work groups to develop and implement these ideas will be forming in the upcoming months.

To learn more about this initiative and how you can get involved, contact Denise Laman, VA Economic Liasion, at denise.laman.ctr@calibresys.com or Felicia Ainsa, CRWP Business Solutions Coordinator, at ain001@henrico.us.

    Captain Burdett (Ft. Lee) and Dee Esser (Assura Consulting) visiting to discuss the collaboration efforts between workforce development, human resources employees, and Veterans.

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Youth In-School Request Released

The CRWP through Henrico County has released the Youth In- School Request for Proposal (RFP). Please use the link below to review. All questions regarding the RFP must be directed to Henrico County Procurement Department.

 RFP 15-9794-5EF3:00 p.m., June 12, 2015

In School Youth Services for The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Local Workforce Area 9

http://henrico.us/purchasing/bids-and-proposals/

From Unemployed to Business Owner

Denise Wise didn’t let getting laid off slow her down. She used her passion for helping people with chronic disease to launch her own business through the Greater Richmond GATE program that she learned about at the Resource Workforce Centers.

GATE, which stands for Growing America Through Entrepreneurship, has information sessions at our centers on a regular basis for those interested in starting their own business. Sessions last an hour from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

  • May 5 & 26th at the Chesterfield Workforce Center, 7333 Whitepine Road
  • May 12th at the Richmond Workforce Center, 203 E. Cary Street
  • May 19th at the Henrico Workforce Center, 121 Cedar Fork Road
  • Walk-ins every Friday at Richmond and Henrico from 9:30 – 12:00

Read the rest of Denise’s story here.

Working for Virginia

Secretary Nancy RodriguesVirginia Secretary of Administration Nancy Rodrigues announced the Department of Human Resource Management has a new job search database effective April 21, 2015. This new system makes it is easier to navigate, to apply to multiple positions, and to find positions requiring foreign language skills.

Speaking at the “Elevate the Presence of Latinos in State Government” workshop, Secretary Rodrigues gave practical pointers for job seekers. Noting that all applicants are first screened by a computer, the use of key words and verbiage from the job posting is vital. This is not a time for creativity or synonyms. Also, 30% of job applicants complete their application and then fail to click the “submit” button that actual finishes the process. Without submitting the application, it cannot be considered.

Lastly, language skills will give job applicants the competitive edge over their peers. In Virginia, Spanish is the most desired language, and American Sign Language is second. The new job system allows user to select “bilingual/multilingual” in the job search to find those positions faster.

The coming years should see a rise in the number of available government positions. Currently, 1 in 10 Virginia employees are qualified to retire. By 2016, that number will be 1 in 4. Visit http://jobs.virginia.gov to pursue a career working for the Commonwealth of Virginia.