VA Ready Partners with BAE Systems to Help Virginians Find Gainful Employment

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BAE Systems, Inc. will provide opportunities for Virginians to use their talents and return to work

“Our partnership with BAE Systems will lead to many great opportunities for Virginians who have been struggling to recover from the financial fallout of Covid-19.” - Caren Merrick, CEO of Virginia Ready

The Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready), a non-profit dedicated to retraining unemployed and underemployed Virginians across the Commonwealth, is partnering with BAE Systems to get even more individuals impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic into skilled trades.

BAE Systems, Inc. is an international defense, aerospace and security company that delivers a full range of products and services for air, land, and naval forces along with support and service solutions for intelligence and civilian customers.

In partnership with VA Ready, BAE Systems will help train and place program participants primarily into manufacturing-related jobs that do not require a clearance, including the marine trades, HVAC and electrical industries. BAE Systems, a leading technology provider, also has opportunities for cleared IT and cyber professionals.

“Our partnership with BAE Systems will lead to many great opportunities for Virginians who have been struggling to recover from the financial fallout of Covid-19,” said Caren Merrick, CEO of Virginia Ready. “The opportunities BAE Systems will help VA Ready provide to unemployed and underemployed Virginians in the near-term will have a profound impact on our community. BAE Systems is one of the most admired companies in Virginia and many Virginians will benefit from our partnership.”

BAE Systems, Inc., which is headquartered in Falls Church, is committed to investing in the communities in which it operates. “We look forward to working with VA Ready as program participants begin their job search,” said senior vice president for Human Resources and Administration at BAE Systems, Michelle Murphy. “We are proud to help people get back to work and know that we will benefit from having their significant talents in our workforce.”

Enrolling in one of VA Ready’s 34 approved credential courses is the first step to get back to work for any Virginian who has experienced employment disruption as a result of the pandemic. Furthermore, VA Ready partners with the state-led FastForward program, which enables students to take pre-approved classes at any of the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) 23 community colleges.

VA Ready provides an added incentive for students to complete their credential, offering a $1,000 Credential Achievement Award upon completion of the program and an opportunity to interview for positions with any of VA Ready’s business partners.

For more information about the VA Ready Initiative or how to apply for the program, visit

About the Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready)

VA Ready is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization launched in June 2020 to retrain Virginians impacted by the economic hardships created by COVID-19. VA Ready's mission is to help thousands of Virginians whose employment has been disrupted by the pandemic to access the short-term training needed to get back to work in today's most in-demand jobs. With its Public-Private-Partnership design, VA Ready brings together the FastForward career training program offered by the Virginia Community College System's (VCCS) 23 colleges and more than 20 business partners who employ millions of Virginians. VA Ready Scholars have access to 34 healthcare, technology and other skilled training programs; learn the skills needed to secure one of today's most in-demand positions; receive $1,000 upon credential completion; and are connected to VA Ready's business partners for interview opportunities. Learn more at:

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems, Inc. and its 35,000 people are part of a global defense, aerospace, and security company with 87,800 employees worldwide. We deliver products and services for air, land, sea and space, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions, and customer support and services. Our dedication shows in everything we create and deliver.

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