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Rapid Response Process

Rapid Response Process

When the Virginia Dislocated Worker Unit (DWU) receives notices of plant closures and mass layoffs in the Northern region, including those covered under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, it notifies the Northern regional office so it can respond with on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. Rapid Response services are available for layoffs that involve 25 or more workers. For layoffs for less than 25 individuals, WIOA services are provided their local one-stop programs.

The Northern Rapid Response Team meets with the identified employer to:

  • get more information about the reduction in force plan,
  • provide an overview of service options and
  • customize services according to workforce needs.

Next the Northern Rapid Response Team meet with the workers who will be dislocated to:

Individuals who are interested in receiving intensive or training services must enroll in the Dislocated Worker Program by completing the Rapid Response Needs Assessment Survey. The program is designed to provide quality employment and training services to assist eligible individuals in finding and qualifying for meaningful employment and to help employers find the skilled workers they need to compete and succeed in business.

Dislocated Workers are eligible workers who have been laid off or terminate through no fault of their own or have received an official layoff notice. In certain areas, where funding is limited, priority of service is given to recipients of public assistance and low-income individuals.

Based on the results of a Rapid Response Needs Assessment Survey of each employee, Core Services can be provided in groups. A survey of the workforce needs and concerns helps to ensure that the services provided are of value and important to the group.

Rapid Response provides partners the following services in a group format:

  • Career Counseling and Job Search Assistance
  • Resume Preparation and Interviewing Skills Workshops
  • Mass Filing of Unemployment Insurance Claims and Registration for Job Services
  • Local Labor Market Information
  • Group Stress Management Seminars
  • Group Financial Management Seminars
  • Transition Resources
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Health Benefits and Pensions
  • Education and Training Opportunities

Local services in your community Workforce Centers include use of computers, telephones, fax machines and group workshops. Additional support may be available if your job was lost to foreign trade (Trade Act Program). Services are also available for veterans and adults with disabilities.