Employment, Job Related

The SkillSource Group, Inc.

We Help Northern Virginia Work.

aka SkillSource; SSG

Vienna, VA


SkillSource's mission is to facilitate & enhance the employability of individuals & employer access to a qualified workforce. SkillSource, the nonprofit fiscal agent of the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board, serves over 1.9 million residents & tens of thousands of businesses in Fairfax, Loudoun & Prince William counties & the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas & Manassas Park at its seven (7) SkillSource Employment Resource Centers. Eligible individuals, particularly hard-to-serve populations, receive training and resources through Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs focused on increasing employment, retention & earnings, occupational skill attainment & improving the quality of Northern Virginia's workforce.

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President & CEO

Mr. David A. Hunn

Main Address

8300 Boone Blvd Suite 450

Vienna, VA 22182 USA


Northern Virginia, workforce, economic development, skills training, job placement, veterans, ex-offender programs, youth programs, base realignment, job growth,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Economic Development (S30)

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SkillSource was established in 2003 as the nonprofit fiscal agent of the NVWDB to serve Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the cities of Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Jobseekers, as well as employers, utilize the seven (7) SkillSource Centers in the region to seek employment and to recruit a qualified workforce. SkillSource administers Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding to serve eligible Individuals including low-income youth, adults, and dislocated workers to receive soft-skills development and free extensive training and resources focusing on increasing employment, retention and earnings, and enhancing occupational skills & improving the quality of Northern Virginia's workforce. SkillSource also manages other programs supported by private, local, and State funding serving other jobseeker populations who face challenges and barriers to successfully engage in the public workforce at sustainable levels.

Our programs

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SkillSource – Fairfax County Sheriff Employment Center

Northern Virginia Educating Youth through Employment (EYE) Program

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Ticket to Work

Northern Virginia TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

Success Through Education, Employment & Reintegration (STEER)

Virginia Serious and Violent Offender Re-Entry Iniative (VASAVOR)

Employment Supports for Lifelong Achievement (ESLA)/TANF II

The Northern Virginia Disability Employment Initiative Project/DEI Round 8

Virginia Financial Success Network (VFSN)

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SSG offers enhanced workforce services to non-traditional populations in Northern Virginia, some of which are directly tied to employment and training issues, but also to direct resources to improving access to employment opportunities that have not necessarily been available to diverse segments of the community, e.g., ex-offenders, adults with disabilities, and families on public assistance to re-engage in the public workforce system leading to sustainable employment. SSG administers WIOA funding at 7 One-Stop Employment Centers providing free employment and training services assisting eligible low-income youth, adults, and dislocated workers facing barriers to sustainable employment. As the regional workforce convener in Northern Virginia, SSG aligns participants in the public workforce system including jobseekers, employers, workforce agencies, non-profit organizations, and elected officials to create a more effective dialogue in creating a strong and economically viable region.

SSG leverages partnerships in the public workforce system to respond to jobseekers seeking employment, while addressing the needs of employers, many impacted by contractual relationships with the Federal government. NVWDB is the first local workforce board in the nation to sign a Pay-For-Performance (P4P) contract using P4P provisions in WIOA to focus on achieving challenging outcomes through performance payments. SSG is working with Fairfax County to deliver WIOA services, making bonus payments for successful outcomes and increasing the efficacy of the delivery of public workforce services as well as to serve as a successful P4P model that can be replicated throughout the nation. SSG is spear-heading the development of an IT industry sector partnership focusing on employers’ HR needs, while providing jobseekers with the opportunity to advance on an IT career pathway leading to economic mobility.

The NVWDB has earned a strong reputation for integrity & innovation routinely exceeding all Federal performance benchmarks including in FY2017, hosting over 50,000 jobseeker visits, delivering free employment & training services to 1,509 jobseekers with 744 placed into employment while 579 obtained employment utilizing self-directed services. SSG commissioned an independent consultant study assessing the regional economic and fiscal impact of the services provided by the NVWDB in FY2017. When comparing public costs associated with employment outcomes, this study estimated that the public return on investment was 6.6 times greater than public costs. SSG, as the regional workforce convener, has strong partnerships among local social service providers, which creates a pre-existing safety net for jobseekers, including referrals to provide ancillary support services critical to being able to successfully re-engage in the workforce.

SSG is measured by 11 Federal performance benchmarks that monitor local & statewide outcomes of targeted adult & youth workforce programs. The NVWDB consistently is one of the strongest local workforce areas throughout Virginia regarding performance results, exceeding all 11 mandated WIOA performance benchmarks in FY2017. Another indicator of progress is SSG’s innovative utilization of WIOA Pay for Performance provisions increasing the efficacy of the delivery of public workforce services throughout the region. The Ticket to Work program is another example of SSG’s successful management of a Federal program, based loosely on a P4P example in that revenues generated through successful program implementation are re-invested in expanding the TTW program. Recently, in less than 8 years since program inception, the SSG TTW program exceeded $1 million in revenues, making it one of the most successful Employment Networks, not only in the mid-Atlantic region, but, in the nation.

SSG is a leader in supporting Northern Virginia jobseekers’ transition to employment, including veterans leaving Active Duty and seeking civilian jobs, for small business owners learning the art of entrepreneurship, for adults with disabilities re-engaging with the workforce, for former offenders returning to the community, and for all others comprising the vibrant regional economy. SSG also is a national leader in bringing the public workforce system into the mainstream regional economy responding to the real-time labor market needs of employers while putting jobseekers into employment leading to stronger and more sustainable communities. From the nation's first workforce development board to implement a P4P service delivery model, SSG is stepping outside of the traditional role of the local workforce board to expand into new lines of business whose revenues will be reinvested into the region’s public workforce system, offsetting a reliance on public funding.

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