June 29, 2020
Strengthening Virginia’s Economy. Creating Career Pathways. Building Resilient Workforce.

Unemployment Challenge: Providing a Fast Career Path for Economic Justice and a Resilient Workforce
Industry Led Partnership with VA Ready and 1901 Group Unite to Grow to Tomorrow’s Tech Talent and Sustainable IT Jobs in Virginia

Virginia and its workers face an unprecedented employment crisis. It’s timely in addressing the COVID-19 related unemployment crisis; timeless in strengthen our economy.

At the time of this blog in June, more than 800,000 people in the Commonwealth filed for unemployment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. While the data is distressing, demand is projected to grow for specialized jobs in the fields of technology, healthcare and manufacturing/skilled trades. These occupations are expected to remain in demand over the coming years, providing opportunities for employment across Virginia.

1901 Group partnered with the Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready) to support retraining the unemployed Virginians across the Commonwealth to help get them back to work quickly and to get the careers they want. Together, we are building stronger connections in the community to equip people who are out of work with the required skills for in demand jobs in high growth sectors as we to help combat the COVID-19 job loss across the Commonwealth.

Read about 1901 Group’s Business Partnership with VA Ready in our press release.

For more information on VA Ready and how to apply to the FastForward Program, visit www.vaready.org.

“1901 Group looks forward to working closely with VA Ready to strengthen our economy, support career pathways, and fulfill thousands of open positions by identifying, training, and employing Virginians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. VA Ready’s vision aligns closely with 1901 Group’s 10-year track record of developing sustainable IT jobs in regions such as Southwest Virginia.”

– Sonu Singh, CEO of 1901 Group

“As the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are seeing an urgent need to get Virginians back to work. Employer engagement is critical to retraining thousands of Virginians for in-demand jobs. I’m grateful to 1901 Group and the unique coalition that is partnering in this much-needed effort.”

– Glenn A. Youngkin, Co-Founder and Chairman of VA Ready

“The goal of VA Ready is not just to give our scholars a credential, but a clear path to a high-quality job at one of Virginia’s best companies. Likewise, companies will have access to talent they know have been through a credential program that reflects their needs, which will enable them to grow their businesses, remain competitive and stimulate our state’s economy. It is a win-win for everyone.” 

– Caren Merrick, CEO of VA Ready

Relevant Links:

Sonu Singh

Sonu is the founder of 1901 Group and corporate leader responsible for our strategic vision, innovative business model, and financial performance.

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George Batsakis
EVP and Chief Strategy Officer

George leads the company’s overall corporate development and strategy planning process and provides expertise in executive management, operations, new business development, emerging technology and technology partnership.

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Paul Wilkinson
Chief Growth Officer

Paul Wilkinson is responsible for managing the company’s growth, leading business development, capture management, marketing, and communications. Paul provides leadership for the development of new markets and managed service offerings.

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James Christopher
EVP, Operations and Engineering

James brings over 25 years of industry experience to 1901 with a focus on delivering Information Technology business solutions and managed services.

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Dana Pittman
SVP, Talent Strategy & Human Resources

Dana is the leader of our Human Capital Management function for providing organizational growth, performance, and profitability.

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Brendan Walsh
SVP, Partner Relations

Brendan leads our partner relations and management efforts and supports business development activities in addition to establishing strategic business alliances with leading cloud service providers and security solutions.

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