ASD’s innovative workforce development program “Groundwork” is seeking to hire four applicants experiencing barriers to employment. This is a paid, on-the-job training for five months with a focus on transferable skills. Learn the basics of growing, harvesting, and marketing vegetables and cut flowers. Explore small business management and community garden organization. Training on essential skills like teamwork and problem solving is provided, as well as personal support in financial literacy, career development, and more.
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Groundwork, ASD’s innovative workforce development program, delivers paid, on-the-job training to people with barriers to employment.

Need skills? Apply to Groundwork!

Earn money while you build valuable skills that will help set you on a path to a solid career. If you’re experiencing employment barriers that keep you from making career progress, we’re here to help. With Groundwork, you earn money while building valuable skills that will help set you on a path to a solid career.

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What are barriers to employment?

A barrier to employment is a challenge that prevents you from getting or keeping a job, or advancing your career. These challenges include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Former incarceration
  • Disability
  • Low income
  • Limited education (for example, no high school diploma or GED)
  • Independent Living former foster care
  • Post-military
  • Substance use disorder

For more information, complete the Groundwork Application Form or contact Debbie Browning, Groundwork Program Manager.

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BRISTOL

ASD Main Office, 103 Thomas Road, Bristol, VA 24201

  • 6-Month Program
  • Main Focus: Agriculture, Entrepreneurship
  • Additional Focus: Personal and Professional Skills

DUFFIELD

ASD’s Food Hub, 280 Boone Trail Road, Duffield, VA 24244

  • 12-Week Program
  • Main Focus: Warehousing, Distribution & Logistics
  • Additional Focus: Personal & Professional Skills
  • Certifications: OSHA 10-Hour Safety, OSHA Forklift (sit down)

For more information, complete the Groundwork Application Form or contact Debbie Browning, Groundwork Program Manager.

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Our community is only as strong as our workforce.

Through our Groundwork program, ASD aims to provide participants with barriers to employment paid, on-the-job training. To stay aligned with ASD’s core mission, our program focuses primarily on the agriculture and food industry. Our goal is to deliver transferable skills supported by industry certification, to you so you will have broad options for growing a strong career.

Groundwork Brought to You By…

The total cost of the Groundwork workforce development program is $1,028,751. $853,456 (83%) of this program is funded through a U.S. Department of Labor–Employment and Training Administration grant. $175,295 (17%) of this program is funded through an Appalachian Regional Commission—Sprouting Farms grant. The program receives $0 (0%) in non-federal funding. The Groundwork workforce development program is fully funded (100%) by federal grants.

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How can you get involved?

We are always looking for business partners who can provide job shadowing, mentoring, and educational opportunities. If you’re interested in helping build our economy by building a more skilled workforce, contact Debbie Browning, Groundwork Program Manager.

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