VIRGINIA CORRECTIONAL ENTERPRISES HELPS INMATES BECOME PRODUCERS
VCE creates a work ethic for success on the outside. Most of those who are now incarcerated will return to society. While it’s not up to VCE to decide who is or is not released, as a Correctional Program it is our job to teach inmates the necessary skills they need to successfully find and keep a job outside prison walls. Boiled down to the most simplistic terms, the ability to earn a paycheck once released is pivotal to whether or not a former inmate becomes a productive member of society or a repeat inmate.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS PROGRAM COST TAX PAYERS? NOT A DIME.
Virginia Correctional Enterprises is a self-supporting agency established by the Virginia General Assembly over 85 years ago to employ and train inmates in the Virginia Department of Corrections. VCE’s job-training programs help Virginia to post among the lowest reincarceration rates in the country.
VCE products are constructed with pride and established industry certifications and standards.
VCE’s mission is to strengthen future employment opportunities and marketable skills for inmate workers through on-the-job training and work development programs, supported by the production and delivery of quality products and services to our customers. VCE workforce development programs are voluntary, inmate workers apply, interview and are accepted into a program based on a predetermined set of criteria for each program.
Preparing for a Successful Reentry
VCE Workforce Development employs strategies to improve the inmate workers’ productivity in the workplace and provide the necessary skills to secure meaningful employment in the private sector upon their release from custody. VCE’s workforce development programs focus on the inmate worker’s ability to grow their skills and develop the tools needed for future success.
Program participants receive soft skills training through their participation in on-the-job training and classroom instruction, teaching them how to excel at communication, teamwork, time management, accountability and lean practices.
Inmate workers learn specialized skills for modern industries, from powered industrial truck operations to AutoCAD to maintenance and sanitation solutions. This training is delivered in the form of Registered Apprenticeships, industry/vendor certification programs and workforce development programs.
We’ve made chairs for state office
workers including the Governor himself.