How can employers get involved?

The top concern of Virginia businesses surveyed is access to necessary talent. Virginia TOP seeks to solve this problem by:

  • Providing access to high achieving, interested, and invested students
  • Kick-starting the recruitment process for future talent needs
  • Enhancing relationships with local higher ed for access to talent
  • Highlighting skills in demand to a particular business or industry as part of school curriculum
  • Emboldening students to live and work in Virginia after graduation

As a Virginia employer, there are a variety of things you can do to get participate in Virginia TOP, such as:

  • Utilizing our Employer Toolkit to create work-based learning opportunities 
  • Better connecting and partnering with chambers, associations, higher ed institutions, and students across the Commonwealth

What are Virginia Businesses Doing for Work-Based Learning?

Virginia Employer Readiness Toolkit

Virginia TOP’s Virginia Employer Readiness Toolkit serves as a guide for employers across the Commonwealth to either improve their current work-based learning program or launch a new program. Please click here to download the toolkit.

Who is currently participating?

Advanced Auto Parts


Bank of America



Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce

Dominion Energy

ECPI University

Ferguson Enterprises

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce

Halifax County Chamber of Commerce

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

Hampton Roads Workforce Council

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce

Huntington Ingalls Industries

McGuireWoods Consulting

Northern Black Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce 

Smithfield Foods


Thompson Hospitality

Top of Virginia Regional Chamber

Urban League of Hampton Roads


Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Business Higher Education Council

Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Virginia Port Authority

Virginia Tech Foundation

Quick Links

Connecting with Virginia’s Higher Ed Community

Have additional questions?

Virginia TOP has developed a list of frequently asked questions about a variety of topics. Visit our FAQ page to learn more.


Developing an Internship Program

A series of online, self-paced modules for employers that review the best practices for developing an internship program for a small to mid-sized business. Each of the modules offers fundamentals for getting started, time-saving resources, and strategies for successfully developing and implementing an internship program. Details are available on the Course Catalog page.

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