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Helping people get back to work: $1K incentives for training. Here’s how it works

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VA Ready has partnered with FastForward, a credential grant program that trains Virginians for in-demand jobs across the state and the Virginia Community College System, for the Virginia Ready Scholars program.

The scholars program was created in late July.

As the coronavirus continues to impact people economically, Virginia Ready is offering $1,000 incentives for Virginians to get trained in jobs such as pharmacy technicians, medical assistants and Emergency Medical Technicians, according to a news release.

It has already awarded 20 participants with the incentives.

Business partners of VA Ready include — but are not limited to — Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Carilion Clinics and Sentara Healthcare.

“We have people who need work and companies who need employees, so Virginia’s community colleges and employers are coming together to help,” Gov. Ralph Northam said in a prepared statement. “If you choose a high-demand field, our community colleges will train you and then Virginia Ready will help you find a job and give you a $1,000 achievement award. This is one more way that Virginia is demonstrating that helping workers also helps business and our economy.”

FastForward covers two-thirds of the tuition cost for credential programs offered through the VCCS. Programs include technology, health care and select trades like welders and electricians.

The program is an affordable, fast option to gain necessary skills for in-demand jobs during a pandemic.

VA Ready’s website has an approved list of credential programs on their site and after picking out one, people are encouraged to speak to a FastForward coach and research where that program is offered nearby.

After selecting a community college and starting the enrollment process it is important to tell them that you want to enroll in one of the VA Ready Approved credential courses in FastForward.

To receive the $1,000 award being offered you must sign the VA Ready Scholars Agreement, according to the news release.

For more information, head to VA Ready’s website and click here to sign up.


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