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1901 Group Partners with VA Ready to Provide Job Training in Lieu of COVID-19; Sonu Singh, Caren Merrick Quoted

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Sonu Singh
Sonu Singh CEO 1901 Group

1901 Group has become a Business Partner of the Virginia Ready Initiative (VA Ready) to help unemployed Virginians across the Commonwealth return to work, the company announced on Tuesday

"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," said Sonu Singh, CEO of 1901 Group. 

Under the VA Ready Initiative, 1901 Group will help equip people who are out of work with the required skills for in-demand jobs in high-growth sectors. Demand for specialized jobs in the fields of technology, healthcare and manufacturing/skilled trades is projected to grow.

VA Ready Scholars will be able to earn a credential in selected training programs through FastForward, a state-led short-term workforce credential program to train Virginians for top, in-demand jobs across the Commonwealth. 

FastForward is offered through the Virginia Community College System's (VCCS) 23 community colleges. Upon achieving their credential, VA Ready Scholars receive a $1,000 Credential Achievement Award and are offered opportunities to interview with VA Ready's business partners.

"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," said Caren Merrick, CEO of VA Ready. "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." 

About 1901 Group

1901 Group develops innovative IT services and solutions for the public and private sector. We improve service delivery with our FedRAMP-authorized Enterprise IT Operations Center (EITOC) for 24×7 user, complex IT infrastructure, and mission-critical systems support. 

Our capabilities include cloud, cybersecurity, and enterprise-scale managed services to transition customers from traditional on-premise IT infrastructure models to hybrid cloud solutions that improve performance and reduce costs. We proudly serve customers in federal, state, and local governments, including law enforcement agencies and commercial markets. Customers benefit from our 24×7 Cloud Factory with FedRAMP authorization, ISO 9001 certification, and CMMI Maturity Level 3 appraisals.