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New effort to help Virginia residents get job training

Despite the ongoing pandemic, there are still some job opportunities available.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, there are still some job opportunities available.(Canva)
Published: Aug. 24, 2020 at 2:47 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new effort is underway to help Virginia residents who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic get training for in-demand work.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a coalition of 20 businesses across the state is providing financial backing for a nonprofit called Virginia Ready.

It aims to get tens of thousands of Virginians into job training programs by providing cash payments to out-of-work people who complete courses for various jobs.

The nonprofit is planning to provide $1,000 incentive payments for as many as 15,000 people over the next three years who earn credentials for high-demand fields such as health care, manufacturing and skilled trades.

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