Creating a critical talent pipeline
Bedford County and its partners in the Lynchburg Region (Lynchburg MSA) work together to create a critical talent pipeline for our industries that depend on a highly skilled and ready workforce. Among these industries are nuclear energy from BWXT and Framatome, wireless communication from L3Harris, CommScope and dozens more firms, and a variety of advanced manufacturing companies.
The Future Focus Foundation is working to create a collaborative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education network, from elementary school up, in which this region’s industries may benefit from a “grow your own workforce” approach. This is accomplished through a multitude of activities and events such as robotics and Lego competitions, student career fairs, summer camps, and specialized high school courses, industry tours, and internships.
In Bedford County, we offer the Bedford One Program in which high school students are offered a chance to tour a local industry or educational facility and talk to professionals about career pathways. Students are also offered an internship course in high school where they can work a few hours a week at a local company.
To learn more about how Bedford County is collaborating with local schools and businesses to “Grow our Own Workforce,” please contact the Office of Economic Development at 540-587-5670.