Regional Workforce Development Board

Region I – (http://r1wib.org/) Serving Fayette, Monroe, Summers, Webster, Raleigh, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Nicholas and Pocahontas Counties. You may contact us at: 304-253-3611 for additional information or assistance.

Region II – (http://www.wvregion2.org/) Serving Boone, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne Counties. You may contact us at: (304) 429-5900 or (866) 262-5348 for additional information or assistance.

Region III- (http://www.region3wibkc.org/) Serving Kanawha County. You may contact us at 304-344-5761 for additional information or assistance.

Region IV-  (http://www.movrc.org/ ) Serving Clay, Mason, Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasant, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood Counties. You may contact us at: 304-422-4993 for additional information or assistance.

Region V-   (http://npworkforcewv.org/) Serving Hancock Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler Counties. You may contact us at 304-323-6880 for additional information or assistance.

Region VI-  (http://www.regionviwv.org/) Serving Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, and Upshur Counties. You may contact us at: 304-368-9530 for additional information or assistance.

Region VII – (http://wvregion7workforce.org/) Serving Berkeley, Grant, Hardy, Hampshire, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton Counties. You may contact us at: (304) 530-3917 for additional information or assistance.

Apprenticeships

Registered apprenticeships are formalized career training programs that offer a combination of structured on-the-job training and related technical instruction to employees to train them in occupations that demand a high level of skill.

Apprenticeship training standards are industry-driven; an industry or program sponsor determines the skill requirements needed to build and sustain a quality workforce.

Apprenticeships can last from one to six years (occupation dependent). During this time, apprentices work and learn under the direction of experienced journey workers. Over time, apprentices are provided the diversity and complexity of training that leads to becoming highly skilled in their chosen occupations. As they gain skill, they are compensated through an increase in wages.

Registered Statewide Apprenticeship Sponsors
Apprenticeship Opportunities

Trade Assistance

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) helps people who became unemployed due to layoffs as a result of foreign imports or a shift of production out of the United States.

Workers are eligible for TAA program services if a petition submitted on behalf of the workers is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, determining that the workers were separated from their employment due to foreign competition.

  Specific Petition Numbers will follow specific TAA rules and regulations.  Additional TAA Rules and Regulations can be found at www.doleta.gov/tradeact

Effective June 29, 2015 the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA) was signed into law.  Petitions filed on or after this date will be identified with numbers 90,000 and above.  TAARA 2015 provides a 90 day transition period for workers certified on or after January 1, 2014 and before the date of enactment.

Beginning on September 28th, 2015 the TAA Reversion 2014 will end and TAA participants will be served under TAARA 2015.  The following benefits and services will apply to TAARA 2015.

  • Training:  Training consists of one Occupational Skills training plan, but may include a group of courses (components) related to a specific Occupational Goal.  Training may be in form of classroom, on-line (distance learning) training, or on-the-job training.  All training must be approved in advance by Workforce West Virginia’s State Trade Unit.
  • Travel Allowance:  May be eligible to receive a supplemental assistance (a daily mileage allowance) to assist with travel costs while attending training outside the normal commuting distance.
  • SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE:  May be eligible to receive a subsistence allowance (room and board expenses) while attending training outside the normal commuting distance.
  • Supply Allowance:  May be eligible to receive a reimbursement per quarter/semester/term/session of up to $150.00 for training related supplies.
  • TRA Benefits:  May be eligible to receive up to 130 weeks of Income Support payments.  Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) is administered by WorkForce West Virginia’s Unemployment Insurance Division.
  • Job Search Allowance:  May be eligible for a reimbursement up to 90% for travel, meals, and lodging expenses.  Maximum amount of reimbursement cannot exceed $1250 for prearranged interviews beyond the normal commuting distance, and must be approved, in advance, by the WorkForce West Virginia’s State TAA Unit.
  • Relocation Allowance:  You must have accepted a job outside your normal commuting distance and receive prior approval from the WorkForce West Virginia’s TAA Unit for your relocation.  You will receive up to 90% of reasonable and necessary expenses, and you will receive a lump sum of three (3) times your former average weekly wage, not to exceed $1250 for the move.
  • Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA):  A wage subsidy program offered to workers 50 years or older.  The wage subsidy may not exceed $10,000 or two years, whichever occurs first.  If you participate in the RTAA program, you can still attend training. 
  • For more information of the TAARA 2015 Program, or other Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs, please contact the Workforce West Virginia State TAA Unit or call toll free at 1-877-967-5498 or 304-558-8414. 

List of current Certified WV TAA petitions.  If you are unsure if your company has been certified under WV TAA, please contact the State TAA office at 1-877-967-5498 or 304-558-8414.

10 Fastest Growing Occupations
in West Virginia, 2010-2020

Occupation Average Wage
Biomedical Engineers 61,092
Home Health Aides 18,180
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 26,116
Personal Care Aides 17,268
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 54,715
Software Developers 70,801
Event Planners 34,728
Veterinarians 84,399
Vending & Amusement Machine Repair 26,762
Health Educators 45,408


Source: Tomorrow's Jobs Through 2020

Job openings in these fields

Training for these occupations

Assistance for Long Term Unemployed

WorkForce West Virginia Job Driven National Emergency Grant
On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Classroom/Online Training Program

WorkForce WV, on behalf of the State of West Virginia, has been awarded $6.1 million by the United States Department of Labor for a Job Driven National Emergency Grant (JD NEG).  This funding provides long-term unemployed and individuals who are likely to exhaust their Unemployment Benefit On-the-Job Training (OJT) opportunities in the Oil and Gas and Construction industries. JD NEG Classroom/On-line Training is available for current in demand occupations.

JD NEG OJT Program funding assists with the following:

  • Training with employers in the Oil and Gas, Construction, Wood Product Manufacturing, Administrative and Support Services, and Ambulatory Health Care Services.
  • Contracts up to $10,000, 1040 hours, or 6 months, whichever occurs first
  • Participants have the opportunity to receive OJT training with a goal of each participant receiving permanent employment with the contracted OJT Employer

JD NEG ITA Program funding assists with the following:       

  • JD NEG training tuition up to $5,000 for each participant
  • Classroom or online training for in-demand occupations, such as
    • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
    • LPN
    • MA
    • Electrical Engineering
    • HVAC

How can I find if I qualify for the grant or if a family member is eligible?
To be determined eligible, contact 1-800-252-JOBS.