On February 17, 2016, the Southern Virginia Manufacturing Partnership released the Survey of Southern Virginia Manufacturing Workforce Needs, 2016. Coordinated through the regional Chambers of Commerce, the survey includes responses from 45 manufacturers who shared their current and future talent development needs. The Collaborative will use this information to address workforce issues facing existing companies.
The Dan River Region Collaborative (DRRC)
was founded in 2008 to address workforce development in the Dan River Region of Virginia. Utilizing a sector strategy approach, the Collaborative promotes regional partnerships of employers, educators, workforce developers and other stakeholders to address the skills needs of regional employers. Within the industry partnerships, the Collaborative’s efforts focus on capacity building, systems change and policy advocacy.
Statistic 1: Southern VA is the 1st region in the U.S. to participate in ACT's Certified Work Ready Community initiative.
Statistic 3: The DRRC has received an additional $82,500 from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and the DOL Social Innovation Fund. The additional funds will support on-the-job training through the Collaborative's Industry Partnerships.
Statistic 4: The Collaborative, in partnership with DCC, SVCC, and PHCC, has been approved to participate in the Tomorrow's Workforce Now initiative that will provide 400 free NCRCPlus assessments to jumpstart the region's Work Ready Community initiative. 34 employers have signed on to participate.