Assistance for Workers and Job Seekers

Employment assistance and information for workers and job seekers impacted by the COVID 19 crisis in Alexandria. Learn more about and access Workforce Development programs and services by calling 703.746.5990 or visit

Page updated on Jan 25, 2022 at 11:30 AM

Upcoming Hiring Events and Information Sessions

Work-Based Learning Project 

The City of Alexandria Workforce Development Center's Work-based Learning Project provides a three-month educational real-life work experience where you can apply your knowledge and skills to help increase your employment opportunities. Participants are paid an hourly stipend during the program, the minimum rate is $15/hour.

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The benefits of work-based learning (WBL) include: 

  • Development and improvement soft skills
  • Increase your professional network and connect with future employers
  • Opportunity to learn new technologies and ideas
  • Increase work experience on your resume
  • Establish a work schedule and the opportunity to earn while you learn
  • Increase self-confidence. 

 Space is limited. Upcoming co-horts start* on:

  • Jan. 3. 2022
  • May 2. 2022
  • Aug. 2022

*Please note that the schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. 


Business Information for Work-Based Learning Project. 

  • How can my company benefit by working with local talent?
    Companies can save time and money by investing in local talent and identifying and recruiting future employees. Companies benefit from increased brand awareness and their status as locally preferred employers thanks to the relationships they develop with local talent and the Alexandria community. Our Workforce Development Staff assist by prescreening qualified candidates, case management, and matching employers with local talent who are interested and have related technical and soft skills, and serving as the primary point of contact at the our Workforce Development Center.
  • What is Work-Based Learning (WBL)?
    Work-based learning (WBL) is an educational approach that provides people with real-life work experiences where they can apply academic and technical skills to develop and increase their employability. It also serves as an opportunity for employers to be able to hire talent after the WBL experience.
  • Why is WBL needed in The City of Alexandria?
    WBL has been shown to reinforce the value of work as well as the critical employability skills employers want most. By matching talent with workplace mentors and positive employment through WBL, participants receive a positive and rich work experience. WBL has been shown to lead to positive future employment and improved lifelong earnings. Companies can better build a sustainable workforce and healthy, vibrant communities can flourish.
  • Your business has the opportunity to be a part of an innovative approach to work at not cost to you. To partner with us to give Alexandrians opportunities to thrive, join us to be a host site for Work-based Learning by completing our short questionnaire. Register your business today!  

Weekly Updated Job Opportunities 

Each week, the Workforce Development Center posts flyers with the latest job opportunities--access the flyers below! Or check out the WDC Job Board for the opportunities highlighted in the flyers and more! 

Business Spotlight

Business spotlight gives us the chance to promote opportunities for job seekers from industry partners. 

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Free Job Readiness and Essential Skills Workshops and Career Coaching

Job seekers and workers can enhance their job readiness through free WDC workshops and webinars on topics like virtual job searching, interviewing and resume building. Access a  calendar and register for upcoming workshops online. WDC staff also provide one-on-one job coaching to support you in your job search and career development. Call 703.746.5990 or email to learn more. Learn more about other services and support available from WDC.

LinkedIn Learning

The Workforce Development Center and the Virginia Regional Workforce Council have partnered with the LinkedIn Learning program to offer job seekers and graduate students access to short-term on-demand training content. To be eligible to access the in-demand skills training content and individualized job coach support, you must be an Alexandria resident and currently unemployed or looking for a job. Complete the online application for a LinkedIn Learning license.

LinkedIn Learning

Re-Employing Virginia (REV)

Through Re-Employing Virginians (REV), a new state initiative to help Virginians enroll in a workforce or community college program to pursue training in high demand fields, residents can apply for one-time scholarships of $3,000 to register in qualifying full-time workforce program or $1,500 to register part-time or in a short-term, noncredit training program in five essential industries, including health care, information technology, skilled trades, public safety and early childhood education.

Applicants must be Virginia residents and: 

  • Filed a claim for unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020.

  • Lost a fulltime job due to COVID-19 and currently earn less than $15 per hour -OR- lost a full-time job because COVID-19 caused an employer to close or reduce staffing, and now working in a part-time job that pays less than $15 per hour.

  • Interested in pursuing training or classes in a high-demand area: Early Childhood Education, Health-care, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Public Safety, Skilled Trades.

The enrollment deadline has been extended through December 2021. Learn more about the program and apply at Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria. The Workforce Development Center can assist with the application process. Call 703.746.5990 or email

FastForward Virginia

Through FastForward Virginia, a Virginia Ready initiative, residents can receive two-thirds of the cost of tuition for a wide range of credential programs offered through Virginia’s Community Colleges in the healthcare, technology and skilled trades industries. Most programs take 6-12 weeks and are flexible so that students can work while attending. Residents can also earn a $1,000 Credential Achievement Award and the opportunity to apply for open positions at the VA Ready Jobs Board. Download or view a flyer about the program.

The Workforce Development Center can assist with the application process. Call 703.746.5990 or email

SkillUp® Alexandria City & Arlington County: Get Access to More Than 5,000 Free Online Training Courses

The SkillUp® Alexandria City & Arlington County initiative is available to help residents take charge of their futures and get back to work. Designed with input from regional employers, the initiative provides recently laid-off workers as well as those who are employed and looking to change or advance in their careers free and unlimited access to more than 5,000 high-quality, Skillsoft online training courses for 180 days; the courses, used by many Fortune 500 companies, are presented in English and Spanish. The initiative enables workers to demonstrate the kind of initiative employers are looking for by upgrading their skills during this challenging time even while most bricks-and-mortar education and training providers remain closed. Courses include:

  • Customer Service; Quick Books
  • Microsoft Office; Adobe
  • Analytical Skills; Data Management/Reporting
  • Time Management; Leadership Skills
  • Health & Safety; First Aid
  • Digital Literacy; Working Remotely
  • And many more skill tracks

  To review the course catalog and to get your free online learning license, visit

Northern Virginia Airports Rapid Response Layoff Services

Has your employment affected by the reduction of air travel in the U.S.? Were you laid off or furloughed from your employer affiliated with Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport? Are you interested in skills development and training programs to find new employment opportunities? This Virginia Career Works - Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council program can help. Email or call 703.746.5990 for more information. View a flyer about the program.

Who Qualifies for Rapid Response Layoff Services:

  • Individuals laid-off or furloughed due to the reduction in air travel and associated industries;
  • Individuals who reside in the Northern Virginia region (counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington, and the cities within); and
  • Those interested in building their skills for new employment opportunities.

COVID-19 Impact

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly reduced air travel across the nation and regionally, affecting Ronald Reagan Washington National and Dulles International Airports. Affiliated industries and employers that are dependent on air travel, such as car rental companies, airport restaurants, airport stores, and adjacent hotels and lodging, have also been impacted.

Virginia Career Works (VCW) – Northern and the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council can provide no-cost employment assistance to meet your unique needs.

Employment Assistance Services Include:

FREE Job Training with Approved Training Providers

  • Paid Work Experiences
  • Career Coaching
  • Resume Writing Assistance
  • Job Readiness Workshops
  • Online Job Fairs
  • Virtual Training
  • Financial Coaching  

Watch a video of from CBS This Morning about how the pandemic is affecting those working for employers related to the airline industry and how the Workforce Development Center is helping.

Assistance for Workers and Job Seekers Virginia Employment Commission (VEC)

If you have been totally or partially separated from your job, or you were self-employed and your work was impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, go to for information on eligibility for Unemployment Insurance and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) or call 866.832.2363, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  A flowchart is also available to help provide additional information about applying for these programs. Citizenship status does not affect your eligibility for unemployment insurance or PUA. 

All Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) unemployment compensation programs, including the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs, are extended through March 14. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program will provide an additional $300 per week for regular Unemployment Insurance, PUA and PEUC participants, which will be added to weeks claimed beginning with the week ending January 2 and will continue to pay through March 14 for eligible claims. Visit the Virginia Employment Commission COVID-19 web page for complete details of these updates.

  • VEC Unemployment Insurance. On April 7, Virginia announced expansions in the VEC Unemployment Insurance program as a result of the Federal CARES Act, which provides increased benefits for workers collecting unemployment insurance by $600 for claims effective March 29 until July 31. Payments to eligible claimants will be retroactive and will be made automatically in conjunction with weekly claims. You can apply by visiting or
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. In addition, new benefits for previously uncovered workers were announced. Affected workers, like the self-employed, 1099 or gig workers, who are not eligible under traditional unemployment insurance may be eligible under this new federal program.  View a checklist that provides more information about COVID-19 scenarios that are covered under this program. To be eligible for PUA, workers must first apply through traditional unemployment by visiting or  vawc.virginia.govLearn more about PUA

Office of Governor Ralph Northam
COVID-19 FAQ for Workers | Spanish
Frequently asked questions for workers from the Office of Governor Ralph Northam that provides guidance on a range of topics, including the stimulus payment, unemployment, relief for self-employed and contractors, information for caregivers of family members with the coronavirus and more.

Other Resources

Resources to Meet Basic Needs: The City and its partners are working together to provide information and resources that may offer some level of support, security and stability for families in need due to the impacts of the coronavirus COVID-19. Learn about and access services to meet basic needs, such as food assistance, rent assistance, and healthcare childcare, or call Department of Community and Human Services Customer Relations Team at 703.746.5700 for assistance.

Coping Resources
: Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Taking care of yourself, your friends and your family can help you cope with stress.

Workforce Development Center Resources and Services

The Workforce Development Center offers many of its services by phone and online. Learn more about and access WDC programs and services by calling 703.746.5990, emailing or take advantage of our virtual services, including:

  • Website: Access and learn more about programs and services that serve a wide range of skill levels and experience

  • WebsiteAccess and learn more about programs and services offered at no cost to businesses, including job placement, recruitment, labor market information and certified Business Services Specialists to assist in workforce planning.
  • WDC Job Board:  Learn about open positions, post resumes and find your ideal job

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