Now that you’ve selected your desired career path, it is important to get the education and training you need to become a qualified job candidate. To help, we have pulled together basic information to get you started on this path, including how education level can and may affect pay, where to find training programs and how to enroll in secondary education.
Training, certification and education required will vary based on occupation and specific job listing.
Education level and pay
In most cases, jobs that require high levels of education and skill are likely to pay higher wages than jobs that require fewer skills and less education. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the unemployment rate among those with a professional degree is significantly lower than those with a high school diploma or less than complete high school education. Statistics also indicate that earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.
Determine Educational Requirements
Equipped with knowledge on your skill set and growing industries in your area, it's time to learn more about the educational requirements of your desired career field.
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Find a training program and provider
Over the years, West Virginia has worked hard to increase the number of specialized education and training programs. Whether your desired occupation requires a certificate, apprenticeship, two-year or four-year post-secondary education degree, there are options for you to explore in West Virginia.
Math and reading skills are important in most occupations.
To find programs that match your identified skills and career interests, check out these helpful resources:
Questions to ask
When choosing a training program or education provider, be sure and get specific information related to your program of study.
How to find the answers
There are a number of avenues available to receive more information and find the answers to these and any other questions you may have.
Not quite ready for college
We understand college is a huge commitment. If you do not feel ready or fully-prepared for this next step, that’s okay.
Financial aid is available for post-secondary education at colleges, universities and technical schools. Grants and scholarships are also available for people of all ages, backgrounds and grade point averages. Visit your school or program’s financial aid page to learn more about what scholarships, grants, apprenticeships and work study programs may be available for you.
WorkForce West Virginia may have WIOA funds available to fund up to 75% of training. Visit your local office or call us today.
Paid on-the-job training
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will help job seekers and workers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market. WIOA provides training services to eligible job seekers and promotes on the job training, which allows participants to “learn as they earn.” WIOA also provides financial support for work-based training, reimbursing employees up to 75 percent.
For more information on available on-the-job-training courses, visit:
Call 1-800-252-JOBS (5627) or visit a WorkForce West Virginia office near you for more information.
Understanding the terminology
Apply for scholarships
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An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job-training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn both the practical and theoretical elements of a highly-skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs are operated by employers, employer associations, or management and labor groups (unions). Classroom instruction is usually given on-site in the program sponsor’s training facility. Most trades require three to five years to complete a program.
Apprentices have the opportunity earn as they learn, meaning some programs offer paid wages throughout the program.
The registered apprenticeship system provides a wide array of benefits.
Apprentices earn as they learn. The pay scale for apprentices is based on wages of journeyman (workers who have completed the program). On average, apprentices may start around 35 to 50 percent of the journeyman’s rate. Apprentices receive pay increase as they advance through the program. Such increases may occur every six months or every year. In addition, fringe benefits, such as vacation, health and pension plans, are also available.
For more information on apprenticeship programs and statewide apprenticeship sponsors, visit:
Questions to ask
When choosing an apprenticeship, be sure and get specific information related to your area of study.