Information for Employers

FastForward is your pipeline for skilled, qualified employees.

We know Virginia businesses struggle to hire top-flight talent—especially the skilled technicians and technologists who help drive our 21st-century economy. That’s why FastForward was created.

FastForward attracts people to enroll in workforce training programs aimed at earning industry-recognized certifications and licenses for a wide variety of in-demand careers.

FastForward Coaches at Virginia’s Community Colleges help potential students, and help businesses learn more about what our programs can do to help your company grow.

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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


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

$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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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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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.

Employers Have a Vital Role in Building a Better Workforce

Your local community college is eager to help you train the skilled workers you need.

Hear from a Shenandoah Valley H.R. manager who knows the value of getting involved in workforce training programs.
Shickel Corporation enjoys a competitive edge in the marketplace, thanks to skilled workers from the FastForward program at Blue Ridge Community College.

Read more on our blog about Stapel’s experience hiring FastForward graduates.

Jacob (right) with Shickel's HR manager

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.

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I’m ready to talk to a credential coach and find skilled employees.
Use the contact form above, or the Contact Us page, to reach out today.