Available Workforce

The New River Gorge region enjoys one of the lowest turnover rates in the nation.

More than just an employee

The New River Gorge region of West Virginia is home to the most available workforce in the nation. Our dedicated residents average almost 30 minute commutes, and one of the lowest turnover rates in the nation. For employers, this means drawing from a large geographic spread of employees, and also that training dollars are not wasted on short-term professionals. In addition the average wages in West Virginia are around 11% below the national average, which provides employers with an affordable landscape.

The region’s workforce/education partnership has been vital in providing new and existing companies with the skilled workforce they need, when they need it. Industry leaders, private employers, training partners, community organizations, and stakeholders have partnered with New River Community and Technical College and Region 1 Workforce Investment to establish quick response training programs that allow employers to guide educators about what they need in their new-hires. This allows graduates quick access to both companies actively recruiting, and a marketable skill set that will serve them well in their chosen industry. The Community and Technical College System of WV assists by providing skill-based training programs for employers, credit or non-credit training for employers, pre-employment training programs, as well as the traditional certificate and associate degree programs.

WorkForce West Virginia is a division of the Department of Commerce that works to match the skills of the state’s workforce with existing jobs and jobs of the future. WorkForce WV not only provides a wide range of financial and technical assistance to employers, but they can also assist with recruiting, evaluation and screening, labor market information, and customized job training at no cost.

In addition the West Virginia Development Office’s Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program, provides technical assistance and training funds for new, existing, and expanding businesses in West Virginia. Financial award provided is associated with the number of new jobs created. These funds may be used to support; training analysis, job profiling, technical training, train-the-trainer, pre-employment training, quality system development, structured on-the-job training, and instructor wages.

 

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Region 1 WorkForce Investment Board Partnership

The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority works very closely with the region’s workforce investment boards. These strong partnerships and open lines of communication have proven to be invaluable to when constructing resources for existing businesses, or those looking to locate to the area.

Higher Education Partnerships

Our strong and long-standing relationship with local higher education providers, quickly becomes an incredible asset to regional employers and companies exploring the possibility of relocating to the area. These entities allow our organization to open doors for cost effective training programs, special certifications, and quick response workforce readiness.

See For Yourself!

To obtain a current wage and benefit survey of the region’s existing workforce, www.ChooseNRG.com and do a “Community” search for the whole region, or by county. There, you will find wage and benefit data sorted by industry, and much more.

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