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Workforce Development

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About Workforce Development

Workforce development is instrumental in developing individual and organizational capabilities for fulfilling the mission of state government. DHRM supports workforce development by leading, promoting, and embedding a culture of continuous workplace learning, advancement, and growth supportive of individual, team, and organizational development. Our goal is to holistically support workforce development through the following programs and resources.


Commonwealth Of Virginia Learning Center Management

Learning Management and Development

Learning Measurement and Impact


Virginia Management Fellows Program

Workplace Coaching

Workforce Support Programs

  • Telework
  • Adjunct Emergency Workforce

Internship Programs Support

Learning Resources


DHRM Learning Resources for Agencies

Required Training 2022
Required training for Executive Branch employees.

Educational Leave and Assistance Policies
Commonwealth of Virginia Educational Leave and Assistance Policies

Mentoring Toolkit
Toolkit providing guidance and information for establishing mentoring programs.

Learning Methods Guide
Guide that describes different approaches for learning.

DHRM Learning Opportunities
Catalog of learning opportunities available from DHRM.

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Learning Management System (LMS)

Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center (COVLC)
The COVLC serves as the Commonwealth’s application and repository for learning and training content.

COVLC Overview
Video overview of how to access and use the COVLC.

Workforce Development Programs


Virginia Management Fellows Program

Virginia Management Fellows Program
The Virginia Management Fellows (VMF) Program is a workforce development program managed by DHRM in partnership with Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs. The program provides participants (Fellows) with three 8 month agency rotations over a two-year paid term of employment in classified positions. Fellows are also supported in their development with learning opportunities including public budgeting, analytics, legislative process, leadership, and more.  Contact us to learn more!

DHRM Workplace Coaching

Conflict Management Coaching
Coaching that is designed to help an employee better understand their individual conflict behavior in order to promote more effective workplace conflict resolution.

Workplace Effectiveness Coaching
Coaching provided for Employees, Teams, and Leaders to improve their communication, productivity, career growth, and work style effectiveness through assessment, understanding, and planned change.

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Internship Program Resources

Internship Programs provide a valuable opportunity to develop skills through applied experience in a workplace setting.  Through internship opportunities, agencies set the stage for growing their workforce.

Workforce Support Programs


External Workforce Development Opportunities

External learning and development resources available for state government to support employee learning needs.

Performance Management Group, VCU

Fundamentals for Supervisors
Provides essential skills required by those new to supervising the work of others, leading project teams, or who have not received prior supervisory training.

Experienced Supervisors Institute
This workshop focuses on advanced supervision tools/tips and an introspective look at what it takes for you and your team to succeed in good and challenging climates.

Supervisors and Managers Bootcamp
Provides essential skills for any new or experienced supervisor, manager, or project manager. 

Commonwealth Management Institute
Experienced managers focus on increasing their ability to effectively design, implement, and evaluate public programs and policies.

Virginia Executive Institute
Provides a dynamic forum for leaders of today and tomorrow to be part of an impressive network of state executives who have committed to developing their leadership strengths and becoming change agents for Virginia's future.

Virginia Government Leadership Summit
Focuses on conversation, reading, reflection, writing, and self-development.

School Of Public and International Affairs | College Of Architecture & Urban Studies, VT

Virginia Public Sector Leader Program – VPSL
The Virginia Public Sector Leader (VPSL) – at all levels – is a leadership development certificate program of Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). The VPSL learning continuum is designed with participant professional experience in mind. Faculty-developed curricula addresses state agency-identified needs, and utilizes trusted and researched assessment instruments, experienced and degreed human development professionals and trainers, and validated program materials.

Southern Legislative Conference

Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills
Through activities and instruction focusing on the program’s four central components – communication, conflict resolution, consensus building and critical decision making – CALS scholars have an opportunity to reinforce and refine these crucial skills.   The program is targeted for new and mid-career state elected or appointed executive, legislative and judicial branch officials serving in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Staff Academy for Governmental Excellence
Professional leadership development program for Southern state legislative, judicial, executive and agency early to mid-career leaders and aspiring leaders. In addition to developing their personal and professional leadership skills, participants have the opportunity to build a network of their peers from across the Southern region.

The Council of State Governments

Henry Toll Fellowship
The Toll Fellowship is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. The program’s sessions are designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building opportunities. The Toll Fellows Program targets outstanding rising state government officials from all three branches of service. Elected, appointed and merit officials may all apply.

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