Training Support

James City County and the Commonwealth of Virginia are committed to helping your business succeed. Here are some of the long-standing programs that benefit both your company and the community.

Virginia Jobs Investment Program

Virginia Department of Business Assistance’s Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) is an economic development incentive supporting the creation of new jobs throughout the Commonwealth. Qualifying businesses are provided customized training and recruiting programs through consulting, delivered services, and funding to reduce the upfront costs of recruiting and training.

This decades-old program continues with strong support from the Governor and the Virginia General Assembly, which demonstrates Virginia’s commitment to economic growth and enhancing job opportunities for its citizens. Eligibility for assistance is limited to for-profit company projects that create basic employment for the Commonwealth.

Currently, the VJIP offers three programs to both new and existing businesses.

New Jobs Program—For companies or start-ups expecting significant growth in the next three years. To qualify, a company must be:

  • Considering another state or country for the new location or expansion
  • Generating over 50% of its revenue from outside Virginia
  • Creating at least 25 net new jobs within 12 months from the date of the first hire
  • Making a new capital investment of at least one million dollars associated with the location or expansion
  • Paying a minimum entry-level wage rate of $10.00 per hour. In areas that have unemployment of two times or more the state level, this wage minimum may be waived. Only full-time jobs are eligible for funding.

Small Business New Jobs Program— For companies or start-ups with fewer than 250 employees who are expanding in the next 12 months. To qualify, a company must:

  • Create at least 5 net new jobs within 12 months from the date of the first hire
  • Make a new capital investment of at least $100,000 associated with the start up or expansion
  • Pay a minimum entry-level wage rate of $10.00 per hour. In areas that have unemployment of two times or more the state level, this wage minimum may be waived. Only full-time jobs are eligible for funding.

Retraining Program—For manufacturing operations and distribution centers implementing significant technological upgrades affecting a large number of employees. To qualify, a company must:

  • Retrain at least 10 full-time employees
  • Make a new capital investment of at least $500,000 associated with the retraining project
  • Pay a minimum entry-level wage rate of $10.00 per hour. In areas that have unemployment of two times or more the state level, this wage minimum may be waived. Only full-time jobs are eligible for funding.

Learn more about the Virginia Jobs Investment Program


Work Keys

Work Keys is a nationwide workforce development system that benefits citizens, businesses, educators, and policymakers. It offers a complete program of job analysis, assessment, instructional support, reporting, and training services.

Work Keys accurately measures both the skills of individuals and the skills required for successful job performance by assessing eight foundational workplace skills to include applied mathematics, applied technology, listening, locating information, observation, reading for information, teamwork, and writing. Area community colleges have certified Work Keys skills assessment professionals that are available to assist businesses with the program.

Student Apprenticeship Program and Training

Designed to help students make the transition from high school or community college to the workplace by starting their career training prior to graduation, Student Apprenticeship programs are available through a number of local businesses and career and technical training centers. Employers are able to address their current and projected needs for qualified workers, while playing a major role in preparing the youth of their communities for productive and satisfying careers.

The voluntary Apprenticeship Training program combines structured, on-the-job training with job-related classroom instruction at vocational centers and community colleges. Employees receive instruction in both the practical and theoretical aspects of the craft or trade.

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