Skills Gap

2013/14 Regional Skills Gap Analysis

The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Area Consortium Board and the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board contracted with Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development to perform a Skills Gap Analysis of their region (which covers all of the New River Valley and Mount Roger’s Planning Districts). The outcome of this regional study (which began January 2013) was to acquire the data necessary to develop a coordinated skills development (“Talent Pipeline”) approach to future workforce training and resource allocation for the region. The processes of the study will included: the collection and analysis of public and private statistical data; engagement of economic developers and business/industry leaders through surveys and interviews, to identify regional industry trends and how they impact their current and future workforce skill needs; engagement of regional workforce development stakeholders to identify and catalog existing workforce development resources and initiatives (this includes education: pre-school through post graduate levels); research on ‘best practices’ programs in workforce development in Virginia and nationwide to provide examples specific to addressing WIA 2 skills development needs, and; engagement of all regional stakeholders to develop an “ implementation plan” to pursue strategies to improve regional initiatives to address workforce skills gaps (the implementation plan will have region wide strategies as well as more localized strategies). The Study was completed September 2014. Updates to the study will be done in sections begin sometime in 2016. For more up-to-date information contact Marty Holliday at

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Part A Regional Economic And Workforce Profile Final 579.2 KiB
Part C Health Care And Social Assistance Final 732.3 KiB
Part D Agriculture Finalpdf 422.7 KiB

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