TNCC, SEVA Rapid Response Summit Connects Businesses to Resources Necessary to Avoid/Survive Layoffs, or Expand

Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development (TNCC-WD) and Southeast Virginia (SEVA) Rapid Response will present a free summit for business managers from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, November 19. The “Connecting the Dots Summit,” held at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton, will link employers to the state resources that can help them avoid or minimize the impacts of layoffs. Event coordinators will also present measures that help expanding companies find qualified workers.

In our global economy, businesses must constantly grow or shrink to remain competitive. Many companies today are faced with the complex task of reducing their workforce without damaging productivity while also helping displaced workers find the training and resources they need to survive a layoff.

“It is one of the toughest things a manager has to handle,” says Curtis Wray, the SEVA Rapid Response coordinator. “The key to managing the situation is to be proactive and involve SEVA Rapid Response in the planning as early as possible before taking any action. In some situations, we can help with layoff aversion through funding, training or other strategies.” Rapid Response provides coordinated services from many Virginia agencies to make it easier and quicker to access services.

Featuring speakers from the Virginia Workforce Network and other agencies, the summit will highlight:

• workforce systems business connectivity opportunities

• training available through the workforce system, including apprenticeships, credit, and corporate training

• the new Rapid Response vision which incorporates layoff aversion, One-Stop Centers, unemployment insurance, programs for veterans, career services, economic development, the community college and more.

“These are difficult times for businesses. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the resources available. During the summit we want to share information regarding the business services we provide to assist during times of transition,” says Tony Farley, associate vice president at TNCC-WD. “The worst thing for a displaced worker to hear an employer say is, ‘had I known of these services I would have done things differently.’ The goal is to empower employers and workers, so they can make the best decisions possible.”

The Peninsula Workforce Development Center is located at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton. To register for the November 19 summit, call 757-825-3453. (event flyer)

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