Workforce Profile

IMG_9212Our highly trained workforce of over 230,000 is drawn from a excellent mix of job experiences across seven counties and five cities. Companies in Amherst County agree the workforce has strong work ethic and low absenteeism rates. Very low union activity combined with Virginia’s Right-To-Work law creates an ideal environment for businesses.

Here is a quick view of Amherst County’s workforce.

  Amherst County Extended Labor Market Total
 32,300 461,400 493,700
 Labor Force


 Unemployment Rate
(July. 2016)
 4.3% 4.3%  

 Labor knows no boundaries. Workers in the region commute long distances for good jobs.

Extended Labor Market

Amherst Location - VEDP 








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Commuting Patterns (pg 10-11)
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Within Amherst County’s extended labor market is Region 2000, a 2,000 square mile area composed of the City of Lynchburg; the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell; and the towns of Altavista, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Brookneal. For Region 2000 labor market information go to Region 2000

For additional detailed labor information on Amherst County, go to the Virginia Employment Commission community profile.

Workforce Development

Workforce training assistance in Virginia is provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program(VJIP). VJIP is an economic development incentive providing customized recruiting and training services to companies that are creating new jobs or experiencing technological change. The program offsets company’s recruitment and training costs and connects companies with all available resources to help with workforce development efforts. 

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Local Training, Education Providers, & Resources

In addition to the State’s workforce development initiatives, there are significant workforce development resources in the region, including:

  • Region 2000 Workforce Center
  • Central Virginia Community College (CVCC)
  • Center for Advanced Engineering (CAE) & Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP)
  • Private Tech Training Resources

Region 2000 Workforce Center

The Region 2000 Workforce Center is a gateway for employers in the area to gain access to a variety of programs and services. The center provides a broad range of employment, testing, and placement services for area employers. The 10,000-square-foot facility includes a computer lab, conference room, and job search stations. Companies relocating to the area can use the Center as a site for meetings or for the entire interview and selection process—with full access to phones, fax, copiers, e-mail, and internet connections. Career Center personnel can even assist an employer’s HR staff with recruitment by conducting job fairs and performing pre-employment screening.

Examples of Services for New and Existing Businesses Include:

    • Provide guidance in selecting assessment tools
    • Screen applicants and offer interviewing space
    • Conduct targeted recruitment’s/job fairs
    • Existing worker training and education. Learn More
    • Customized training and education
    • Registered apprenticeship program
    • Advertise your job opportunities
    • Labor market information and analysis

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Central Virginia Community College (CVCC)

One of the Region’s most vital workforce development resources is the Central Virginia Community College (CVCC).

Amherst County has a Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) branch that is used for workforce education and training, as well as college classes and is easily accessible to employees and managers.

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CVCC offers a multitude of workforce solutions programs, such as:

  • Customized Training Classes
    Credit and non-credit business, industrial, trades, human resource, leadership, health technology and computer courses. Programs are individually designed to meet a business’ specific needs and can be conducted at the business location or at any of CVCC’s training facilities using a schedule that meets the company’s needs. 

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  • Areva Technology Center
    Local industries participated in the planning and funding of this $10-million-dollar, 35,000-square-foot facility—and the result is an extraordinary, real-world training ground for a variety of technical fields. Dedicated labs in the building include RF technology, microcomputer repair, networking, CNC machining, and HVAC technology.
  • Specialized Training and Degrees
    Customized certificate and degree programs to fit the exact training objectives of area employers. Here are three prominent examples of that customization:

    • When a manufacturer of wireless communication systems needed to expand its team of service technicians quickly, CVCC developed an Associate’s Degree for Electronics Technicians, and recruited outstanding candidates directly from area high schools.
    • When a pulp & paper mill became the site of the world’s first steam reformer generator, CVCC stepped in to help train 72 employees in this new, environmentally sound technology. The college utilized a Department of Labor grant to develop and implement a college-level certificate program based on 25 credit hours of instruction.
    • For a company that provides maintenance services to the nuclear power industry, CVCC designed an Associate’s Degree Program in Nuclear Support Technology—the only such degree program in the state. For security reasons, enrollment is limited to employees of the company, and the college supplements classroom lessons with instruction at the company’s nuclear training simulator. 

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  • CVCC/UVA Engineering Partnership
    CVCC and the University of Virginia, in cooperation with Region 2000 businesses, formed a partnership which provides a four-year engineering degree within Region 2000. CVCC established an Associate of Science in Engineering curriculum that satisfies The University of Virginia’s (UVA’s) and Virginia Tech’s (VT’s) prerequisites for third-year entry into their respective Schools of Engineering. While some students choose to attend third- and fourth-year classes on UVA or VT campuses, UVA makes its curriculum available within the Lynchburg area. This means Region 2000 students need not leave home to earn a respected UVA engineering degree. The degree offering is Engineering Science, an interdisciplinary study with two tracks: mechatronics and advanced materials. 

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  • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) & Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) Prep Training
    CVCC (in partnership with Central Virginia Industries) also offers a series of preparatory training classes to engineers planning to take the FE and PE licensing exams for Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, and Nuclear Engineering.
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  • Classes in Business, Licensure Prep/Renewal, and Career Readiness Certificates – Learn More
Center for Advanced Engineering & Research & Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP)

The Center for Advanced Engineering & Research (CAER) in Lynchburg brings new options for graduate-level engineering and technical courses to the region. Working with Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University, the Center offers 15 master’s degree programs, all conducted in flexible, interactive class structures. Non-degree courses of study are also available.

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Private Training Resources

Private training resources in the region include Virginia Technical Institute (VTI), which provides hands-on training in a variety of fields including electrical, plumbing, heating and air, welding, pipe-fitting, carpentry, masonry, multi-craft industrial maintenance, and project management, the National College of Business and Technology, and Miller-Motte Business College

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