Like many social service organizations across the country, the Department of Community and Human Services has had to adapt services that promote the safety, well-being and self-sufficiency of residents in the midst of the physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is the third in a series of articles exploring how programs, services and staff are adapting and even increasing services to support Alexandria’s most vulnerable residents through Assistance from a Distance.
The City of Alexandria Workforce Development Center (WDC) has launched “Strive & Thrive: Helping Alexandria Stay Resilient & Get Back to Work” to support Alexandria’s workforce and employers by offering events, services and training remotely and online--including virtual recruitment events, job readiness and essential skills workshops, a redesigned job board and informational sessions for employers and job-seekers.
WDC is a trusted resource, providing services and expertise to support job seeker and employer workforce needs in Alexandria. Strive & Thrive aims to extend WDC’s outreach to residents and employers seeking assistance due to challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual recruitment events and services include a newly launched Meet the Employer series and virtual job fairs, including Virginia Career Works Alexandria/Arlington Virtual Job Fair on July 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. For information on this and other upcoming events, visit alexandriava.gov/WorkforceDevelopment.
Job seekers can enhance their job readiness through free WDC workshops and webinars on topics like virtual job searching, interviewing and resume building. WDC staff also provide one-on-one and group coaching and support in accessing resources to assist with job searches and economic needs. Access a calendar and register for upcoming workshops online; call 703.746.5990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for job coaching and other services.
Residents can also access WDC’s user friendly Job Board, where employers can post openings and find qualified candidates and job seekers can post resumes and search for jobs. Visit wdc.alexandriava.gov.
To serve Alexandria youth, WDC adapted its annual Summer Youth Employment Program to offer 200 youth ages 14-21 a virtual workforce development experience for career development, education enrichment and summer income. Learn more.
WDC will also begin offering informational sessions and open house events to give job seekers and employers more opportunities to learn about WDC services. Visit alexandriava.gov/WorkforceDevelopment for the latest information and events.
WDC training supports in-demand certifications and credentials and connects ready-to-work job seekers with employment opportunities. As a certified One Stop Center, WDC serves a variety of skill levels from those with advanced degrees and years of experience to those with limited education and experience. WDC also provides a range of services at no cost to businesses. Employers can learn more by calling 703.746.5990 or emailing email@example.com.