Workforce Training


The region’s economy is diverse with the largest employment concentrations related to the Department of Defense and health care. The 20 largest private-sector firms in Hampton Roads employ 12.3% of its workers while the 20 largest public sector institutions employ 16.1% of its workers. The Department of Defense employs more than 30,000 civilians in the region as the largest employer. Four hospitals appear among the top 20 private employers in Hampton Roads. – 2010 State of the Workforce

Norfolk Employment By Sector

empslide6-1000 Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Total full- and part-time employment by NAICS for 2011. Total employment = 209,930.

Jobs in High Demand

Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing - The Skills to Succeed Inventory is a comprehensive study of the careers in the manufacturing sector on the Virginia Peninsula conducted with the top 14 employers. The Inventory resulted in 11 Career pathway profiles representing 11,150 jobs in advanced and precision manufacturing technologies on the Virginia Peninsula 2012-2016. The jobs and number of openings are as follows:

  • CNC and Robotic Operators - 350 openings
  • Coating Specialists - 1,300 openings
  • Electricians - 1,700 openings
  • Engineers/Engineering Technicians - 200 openings
  • Fabricators/Sheet Metal Workers - 950 openings
  • Fitters - 1,600 openings
  • Machinists - 1,200 openings
  • Managers - 150 openings
  • Pipefitters - 1,850 openings
  • Repair Technicians - 150 openings
  • Welders - 1,700 openings

Medical - LPNs are in high demand, and financial assistance is available for advanced healthcare training in our area. Opportunity Inc. is participating in a $5.0 million United States Department of Labor grant providing advanced healthcare training and placement assistance. Eligible individuals can receive up to $10,000 in grant funding towards a program of study in over 20 healthcare specialties.

Construction - Approximately $4 Billion in transportation and public building construction is in various stages in our region.

Large transportation projects include:

A listing of Norfolk public projects can be seen on the Public Works Department Dashboard

Employ Norfolk Initiatives Underway

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Norfolk Developing Apprenticeships
See how the city of Norfolk Development and BAE are building the local skilled workforce together.


Educational Collaboration

The Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education (VTC) is a consortium of thirteen institutions of higher education, including four community colleges, four public colleges and universities, four private and a National Defense University.

Opportunity Inc.

Opportunity Inc. is a workforce development organization formed to address the region’s needs for a workforce that is “second to none,” of sufficient quantity to meet employer demand and equipped with the skills that support the expansion of the region’s economy. It is a partnership between the elected leadership of the eight jurisdictions of South and Western Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight County, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton County, Suffolk and Virginia Beach) and a business-led Board of Directors that includes business executives, educators, economic development professionals, labor representatives, leaders of community-based organizations and representatives of the region’s political leadership. The organization has been tasked with providing the leadership necessary to deliver a sound workforce development strategy for our region.

Norfolk Workforce Development Center

The Norfolk Workforce Development Center is conveniently located within the Wards Corner Business District at 201 East Little Creek Road. The WDC provides qualified Norfolk residents with access to job skills development and placement services, and a central location where may apply for federal, state and local assistance programs administered through the Department of Human Services.

Industry Certifications

Tidewater Community College provides training and assessment services for over 30 industry certification and licensing classes and various programs in maritime, ship repair, health care, construction, retail, global studies, defense and homeland security.



Norfolk Investment Report 2014

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Norfolk Business Profile Data –
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