Employer Resources

Workforce West Virginia is the state’s one-stop resource center for workforce development. Our state and local offices are designed to serve not only those looking for work, but also help our business and industry partners find and hire skilled employees ready for the job.​​​​

Regional Workforce Development Boards​
Workforce Development Boards (WDB’s) are part of the Public Workforce System, a network of federal, state, and local offices that support economic expansion and develop the talent of the nation’s workforce.  Workforce Development Boards benefits both employers and job seekers.  They are committed to assisting individuals​​ and businesses achieve their goals, whether that's earning degrees or certifications, planning careers, finding or training employees, or overcoming barriers.  Below is a list of Regional Workforce Development Boards and the region they serve. 

Serving Fayette, Monroe, Summers, Webster, Raleigh, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Nicholas, Pocahontas, and Wyoming Counties
Serving Boone, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne Counties
Serving Kanawha County
Serving Clay, Mason, Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasant, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood Counties
Serving Hancock Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler Counties
Serving Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, and Upshur Counties
Serving Berkeley, Grant, Hardy, Hampshire, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton Counties

Paid Workforce Training​
Resources for companies who need education or training to get the right workforce.  Grants and programs that assist with customized training, skill enhancements, certificate or associate degree programs

This program connects employers with students through colleges, allowing students to take technical courses while gaining paid work experiences

This grant is awarded to colleges to partner with industries on projects that address the state’s workforce needs – including pre-employment programs, pre-preparation programs, skills upgrades, new and expanding companies, and job retention

Supports the creation and development of technical programs that are in high demand, lead to high-wage careers, and enhance economic development efforts across West Virginia

(AIM) program promotes and expands registered, nontraditional apprenticeship activity.  This collaborative group of partners identifies, standardizes and develops courses that are needed statewide in order to increase and improve the registered apprenticeship programs within West Virginia

Provides new or expanding companies training funds and technical assistance to support effective employee training strategies

West Virginia Economic Development educational workforce resources

Assist agricultural employers find and hire workers for their farms and agribusinesses​

WV Incentives for business
Federal tax credit program that offers significant incentives for employers who hire and retain individuals from specific target groups that have previously experienced difficulty in securing employment

Tax incentive program designed to promote the employment of West Virginia veterans, reservists and National Guard members

Provides Fidelity Bonds to the employer that guarantee honesty for at-risk hard-to-place, and criminal justice involved job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment. There is no cost to the job applicant or the employer

Employer Incentives and Wage Reimbursement Program​

Substance Use Disorder-Employer Resources 
Free, online toolkit, the West Virginia Chamber provides education and resources to equip your business to prevent and respond to substance misuse and support employees in recovery

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services also assists West Virginia’s businesses and employers to include or to retain people with disabilities in their workforce. 
A quick summary of services offered by the West Virginia​ Division of Rehabilitation can be found in this comprehensive employer resource guide​​