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Governor Northam announces statewide tool designed to assist Virginian workers, job seekers

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Posted at 10:24 PM, Jun 13, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Northam announced Friday new technology tools to help Virginians take advantage of the resources available for workers and job seekers.

The Virginia Career Works Referral Portal is a platform designed to streamline intake processes across state agencies and connect individuals with training, certification, education, and employment services to help them find a job or advance a career path.

The new Virginia Career Works Dashboard is a tool set to make information about Virginia’s labor market and workforce system more accessible to workers, businesses, and policymakers.

“Workers and families across Virginia are experiencing tremendous financial pain, as well as coping, in many cases, with the devastation of getting sick or losing a loved one to COVID-19,” said Governor Northam. “This ongoing health crisis requires our government systems to respond faster and with more flexibility than ever before. This strategic investment in our workforce technology infrastructure puts the Commonwealth is in a stronger position to help Virginians get back on their feet and overcome these unprecedented challenges.”

The new technology tools were developed in collaboration with the Chief Workforce Development Advisor, the Commonwealth’s Chief Data Officer, and six state agencies: the Virginia Community College System, the Virginia Employment Commission, the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired.

Technology partners that helped with the development of these tools include Qlarion, BrightHive, and PAIRIN.