Contact our Statewide Workforce Development Director, Darlene Hart, with any questions.
All special workforce development events, such as career fairs and webinars, can be found by visiting our calendar.
Build Your Future
Build Your Future (BYF) Virginia is a collaboration of construction industry associations, contractors and educational providers working together to recruit, promote, and educate the public on what opportunities a career in the construction industry holds.
All V3-related questions can be sent to Darlene Hart, ABC-VA State Workforce Development Director
Through our Workforce Development efforts, ABC-VA is working with the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program to assist transitioning Veterans in gaining career employment in the construction industry.
Virginia has one of the youngest Veterans populations and the fastest-growing labor force in the US, with thousands transitioning each year.
We can build our workforce with the benefit of the V3 Program.
Two of the most frequent questions about Veteran employment from an employer’s perspective are, “Why should I hire a Veteran?” and “Where can I find Veterans to hire?”
The V3 Program aims to educate and train companies on why it is a good business decision to recruit, hire, train and retain Veterans and to help those committed companies meet their hiring goals.
The V3 Program is a free training and certification program for employers to help you implement nationally recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring and retaining highly-skilled and dependable Veterans.
Additionally, grant money is available for V3-certified companies to hire and train veterans. Companies may qualify for up to $10,000 in grants, with $1,000 awarded per eligible Veteran employed.
Becoming V3 Certified is a three-part process:
1. V3 Course Completion
V3 Core Curriculum – (One-day, in-person training or live webinar)
2. Certification Request
After finishing the V3 Core Curriculum training, the point of contact who attended the training will receive an electronic certification request online form to complete. Your company’s assigned V3 Regional Program Manager (RPM) to submit your V3 Certification Request and can address any questions asked.
3. Certification Approval
Your company’s assigned RPM will contact you directly once the Governor’s Office and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services Commissioner have approved your request.
We are currently working with the V3 Transition Coordinators around the Commonwealth to develop a direct-track program to meet the interests of transitioning veterans and the needs of our members’ labor force.
What can you do now?
- Register to become a V3-Certified Employer
- Once you have done that, submit your job postings here
- Submit your job postings or other questions directly to ABC-VA State Workforce Development Director Darlene Hart, and she will put you in touch with the Transitioning Specialist assigned to your region
Construction in the Classroom
ABC-VA works with several schools throughout the state by bringing in volunteer member companies to present on their company, various roles at their company and why a career in construction is a viable route for many students.
Interested ABC-VA member companies are encouraged to email Darlene Hart to set up a presentation with a school near you.
High-Quality Work-Based Learning
The Virginia Department of Education’s High-Quality Work-Based Learning (HQWBL) initiative is based on the redesigned methods of instruction effective August 4, 2022.
It focuses on the 12 types of HQWBL methods of instruction used in Virginia: job shadowing, service learning, mentorship, externship, school-based enterprise, internship, entrepreneurship, clinical experience, cooperative education, youth registered apprenticeship, registered apprenticeship and supervised agricultural experience.
It also provides opportunities for students to earn one credit toward graduation in addition to any credit earned through the associated CTE course in cooperative education, internship, entrepreneurship, youth registered apprenticeship and supervised agricultural experience for completing 280 hours of work experience and one-half credit for 140 hours of work experience in mentorship.
Any questions about HQWBL can be sent to ABC-VA Statewide Workforce Development Director, Darlene Hart, or one of the specialists below.
Hanover County Public Schools
Henrico County Public Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools
Prince William County Public Schools
Kempsville High School (Virginia Beach)
Founded in 1994, the Construction in Education Foundation (CEF) provides university students in the engineering/construction industry with financial assistance to pursue their dreams.
Scholarships are open to ABC-VA members, as well as their children, pursuing degrees in construction management and civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.
The call for applications is released in March of each year with recipients chosen and announced in April.