Talent Up Fairfax: A Talent Recruitment Solution for Fairfax County Employers and Job Seekers

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Talent Up Fairfax is an innovative demonstration project in work-based learning (WBL), made possible through funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiative. The program launched on July 11, 2023, and has been marketed as a talent solution to Fairfax County business and job seekers.

This program is particularly designed to forge vital connections between local employers and a diverse pool of job seekers from Fairfax County, with a focus on those adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It prioritizes inclusion, targeting groups traditionally marginalized in the labor market. The overarching goal is to address the demand for essential entry-level positions by offering temporary internship opportunities, that seamlessly transition into permanent roles within local businesses. This initiative is not merely a response, but a proactive solution to foster economic resurgence and vitality within the Fairfax County community.

Your business can benefit from this work-based learning initiative in the following ways:

  1. Tailored Training Solutions: Customized training programs to meet your specific business needs, ensuring candidates develop skills that are immediately applicable and beneficial to your business.
  2. Financial Incentives: Utilize up to $8,400 in funding for each 12-week WBL Internship. This substantial support helps offset training costs and enhances your investment in new talent.
  3. Strategic Talent Acquisition: WBL provides a unique opportunity to evaluate potential employees in real work settings, creating a pipeline for future full-time hires.
  4. Enhanced Corporate Image: Your participation in this community-focused initiative showcases your commitment to innovative workforce solutions and corporate social responsibility.
  5. Increased Productivity: Interns contribute to your workforce while learning, adding value from day one.
  6. Networking and Collaboration: Gain access to a network of local businesses, educational institutions, and community organizations, opening doors for future collaborations.

Talent Up Fairfax goes beyond traditional program status. This program is a robust partnership between Fairfax County employers, job seekers, and the broader community. Participation in this dynamic work-based learning initiative allows local businesses, and job seekers alike, to engage in a proactive approach to workforce development, fostering mutual benefit which is fully financed and endorsed by the county. It is a collaborative pathway toward prosperity, where all stakeholders thrive.

We encourage local businesses to reach out to the SkillSource Group for more information on how you can take advantage of this risk-free way to help your business find strong talent, before making the permanent offer.

Talent Up Fairfax is administered by the Virginia Career Works – Northern region and the SkillSource Group, based in Vienna, VA. The SkillSource Group supports comprehensive employment and training services to area employers, job seekers, and youth.