HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Roads Workforce Council is trying to recruit 700 participants who are seeking employment to join the Future of Work Grand Challenge.

The Future of Work Grand Challenge is a national competition designed to “develop new training approaches to help job seekers and displaced workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly build new skills and move into high-wage careers.”

The program is open to job seekers without a college degree and are either unemployed or underemployed.

The program is offering three training tracks including manufacturing, community healthcare, and construction/labor.

Officials say those who participate will receive rapid training — 12 weeks or less — and guaranteed interviews with employers in the high-demand industry of their choice.

The deadline to apply is April 30 at www.vcwhamptonroads.org.

Officials say the construction/labor, community health, and manufacturing pathways begin as early as May 10.

For more information or to register, please contact Christina Brooks at futureofwork@vcwhamptonroads.org or learn more by calling the Virginia Career Works team at 757-461-7537 (Southside) or 757-766-4901 (Peninsula).

To read more about the Future of Work Grand Challenge, click here.