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Rapid Response is a primary gateway to the workforce system for both dislocated workers and employers and is a component of a demand driven system. The central purpose of Rapid Response is to help laid-off workers quickly transition to new employment. Rapid Response acts as both a provider of direct reemployment services and as a facilitator of additional services and resources.
Rapid Response must take an ongoing, comprehensive approach to planning, identifying, and responding to layoffs, and preventing or minimizing their impacts whenever possible. To ensure high quality and maximum effectiveness, successful Rapid Response strategies include:
The Rapid Response Team, which includes representatives from the Virginia Employment Commission and Local Workforce Center, works with each business to determine the services that their workers may need. At an employee briefing, we will ask you to complete a survey to help determine which of our services will be most useful to you. You will learn more about workforce services and have a chance to ask questions of the Rapid Response team. Our goal is to provide you the information and resources you need to get back on your feet as quickly as possible following a layoff.