workready 2018

Earn the NCCER Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Level One Certification with just 8 weeks of hands-on training. Classes begin Sept.10th.

Recruitment is underway for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s Work Ready Foundations program. Work Ready Foundations (WRF) is an 8-week, training program to prepare participants for success in entry-level technical and advanced manufacturing positions. The program provides hands-on instruction in technical and soft skills, and creates a pathway for more advanced skill building in the future.

WRF program participants are exposed to electrical and mechanical equipment, and receive hands-on instruction in several areas including safety, manufacturing processes and production, and quality practices & measurement. This year, participants will have an opportunity to earn the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Level One certification through NCCER (National Center for Construction Education & Research).

Work Ready Foundations begins September 10th.

“Work Ready Foundations delivers the technical and soft skills that employers say are essential to succeeding in the region’s growing technical workforce. This is an excellent first step for high school graduates who aren’t yet sure what they want to do, for those who’ve been out of the workforce, and for career changers looking to take advantage Southern Virginia’s well-paying technical jobs,” said Dr. Betty H. Adams, SVHEC Executive Director.

In addition to the technical skills earned, WRF participants receive training in “soft skills” to promote long-term employment success. Participants receive assistance with resume writing, interviewing, and work ethics. “The graduates of this program generally set themselves apart from the typical applicant pool for entry level jobs in our businesses,” said JR Griffin, president of Comfort Systems, USA and representative of Halifax County Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Executive Roundtable. “They come to the employers prepared with interview skills, resumes, proper attire, and a genuine desire to excel for the benefit of both the employer and the applicant.  At my business, we have hired several people who have completed this program and they are off to a great start in their career,” Griffin continued.

To learn more about Work Ready Foundations contact program coordinator Deloris Jones at 434-572-5593 or email