Information for Employers

FastForward is your Pipeline for Skilled, Qualified Employees.

We know Virginia businesses struggle to hire qualified talent—especially the skilled technicians and technologists who are trained on the equipment specific to your industry and vertical.

That’s why FastForward was created.

FastForward is a grant-funded training program hosted through Virginia’s Community Colleges. We’re here to serve as your community partner. We want to know what your needs are – from the kinds of training and certifications required, to the kind of candidate you’re looking for.

From there, we attract people to enroll in workforce training programs aimed at earning industry-recognized certifications and licenses for a wide variety of in-demand careers. The more we know about the demands in your community, the better we can help train and build that pipeline of future employees.

90% Completion Rate

FastForward not only saves you the cost of on-the-job training, we also have expert faculty and support staff who enable our students to succeed. More than 90% of our students complete their training and are ready to begin successful careers in your business.

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49% require credentials

According to the National Skills Coalition, almost half of the job openings in Virginia require some education beyond high school, but not necessarily a traditional college degree. 1
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$4,129 cost-to-hire

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) reports businesses spend, on average, $4,129 to hire a new employee. Industry-recognized credentials can help streamline the hiring process. 2
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$1 billion+ in lost wages

A recent study found that Virginians lose out on over $1 billion in wages each year, because they don’t have skills employers need. 3
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69% experience trouble hiring

A 2015 report from Accenture, Burning Glass, and Harvard Business School revealed more than two-thirds of American employers had trouble attracting and retaining technically skilled workers to the point where their company performance suffered. 4

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COVID-19 Training Status

FastForward career training is held at Virginia’s Community Colleges. Virginia is currently operating under Phase Three guidelines as put forth by the Governor’s Office. While there may be additional guidance at each community college, FastForward training has resumed – both in-person and online. Under Phase Three…

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Talk about your soft skills when looking for a job

While credentials are an important way for candidates to showcase their industry smarts, most employers feel a credential is only as good as an employee’s ability to apply those skills in real-world scenarios and display the proper soft skills needed to thrive on the job. Having…

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Tips for attending virtual networking events

If you’ve been looking for jobs recently, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of job fairs and recruitment events in Virginia have moved to a virtual format. While it sounds a little intimidating, just like with any networking or recruitment event, if you come prepared and…

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Top 10 reasons to complete workforce training

At the time this article is going up, unemployment in Virginia is hovering around 6%, but job openings haven’t quite recovered across the board. Workforce training is what we do through FastForward, so while we have dozens of reasons why someone should pursue more training, we’re…

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Who grants the workforce credential?

Students are eligible to sit for their workforce credential certification exam at the end of their coursework. Credential certifications are either awarded through state-licensing agencies or through a third-party industry partner, like CompTIA or the American Welding Society.

I’m ready to talk to a credential coach and find
skilled employees.

Use the contact form below, or the Contact Us page, to reach out today.