Work Talk

Work Talk is a podcast about happenings in the region’s businesses. Businesses that participate in the podcast have the opportunity to tell their story; who are they, what do they do and what do they need to be competitive? Job seekers, through listening to the podcast, have the opportunity to learn about business needs and expectations and how they might prepare to go to work for a particular business and/or in a particular industry. We recognize that the more we understand about what businesses want/need, the more likely we are to meet that need.

For more information about Work Talk, contact Marty Holliday at marty.holliday@vcwnrmr.com or 540-357-0651

E55: The Youth Career Exploration Camp

In this episode, you’ll hear details about the Youth Career Exploration Camp, which provides youth with an opportunity to explore high-wage, high-demand careers in the region. You’ll also hear directly from participants about what they have enjoyed most about the program.


E54: Reflections from the 2022 NAWB Forum

This special episode was recorded live at the 2022 NAWB Forum as Marty Holliday, Executive Director at New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Area, shares her thoughts about the future of workforce development and reveals her takeaways from speaking with other workforce leaders from around the country.

 

E53: Supporting Second Chance Employment

In this episode, you’ll hear about the efforts underway to support second chance employment. Even in the best of times, it is difficult for individuals with criminal records to access employment, and yet employment is a crucial part of helping people in recovery and justice-involved individuals to rebuild their lives. You’ll also hear about why employers should tap into this valuable and often untapped labor pool.

E52: Being a Recovery Ready Region: The POWER Initiative and Peer Recovery Specialists

In this episode the conversation continues about the POWER Initiative (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) and particularly peer recovery specialists. Discover the criteria for becoming a peer recovery specialist as well as the application and training process. 

E52: Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Skill Trades

In this episode, you’ll hear about the efforts that are underway in the region to attract and retain talent in the skilled trades. Phil Callicott , Founder of the The Trades Training Initiative, discusses the vision that his organization has for developing in the construction industry and how the Trades Training Initiative is bringing together local businesses, nonprofits, and workers to address critical skills gaps.

E51: The STRONG Accountable Care Community- Improving Health and Wellbeing

In this episode, you’ll hear about the STRONG Accountable Care Community (STRONG ACC) and their new Regional Data Dashboard. Discover the history of the organization, what is included in their Data Dashboard and how the STRONG ACC is helping to break down barriers, improve inter-agency coordination of services, better address social determinants of health, and improve health and wellbeing for individuals, families, and communities.

E50: Supporting Economic and Addiction Recovery

This episode takes a deeper dive into The Pathways to a Strong and Healthy Region initiative, funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program.  Focus of this conversation is around those elements that support recovery for individuals and families impacted by substance abuse. Discover the efforts being made to create a Recovery Ready Eco-system, and the importance of combining the efforts and funding from multiple organizations.

E49: DOL YouthBuild Grants- Supporting Education and Occupational Skills Development for Youth

In June of 2021, the US Department of Labor announced the award of 89 million dollars in grants in 31 states and Puerto Rico to help youth ages 16 to 24, who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market. YouthBuild grants support a pre-apprenticeship model to help these youth learn valuable occupational skills.

In this episode, you’ll hear from 2 organizations in Virginia that received YouthBuild grant funding, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys and the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Area Consortium Board. Discover how the YouthBuild grant funds will be implements and each organization’s vision for the project.

E48: Regional Trends in Economic Development

In this episode, you’ll hear from two (2) regional economic development leaders about how they work with the Virginia Economic Development and the efforts that are underway to support and grow targeted industries. Discover the importance of placemaking and infrastructure improvements in attracting and retaining businesses and talent to the region.

E47: Strengthening Our System, Inc.- Providing Quality Care and a Person Centered Approach

In this episode, you’ll learn about Strengthening Our System, Inc. (SOS) and the services that they provide for individuals with disabilities and individuals with mental health concerns. Discover the history of the organization, the job opportunities that are available, and the necessary requirements to get started in this field.