What Is Portsmouth@Work?

Portsmouth@Work is a comprehensive career training and job readiness resource for Portsmouth residents and regional employers through adult training programs and employment services. 

Our goal is to help build accessibility to workforce resources and services that prepare Portsmouth residents for employment that increases their quality of life factors.

How Does Portsmouth@Work Help?

Portsmouth@Work provides participants job training programs that span from the entry-level skills required for employment through career certification opportunities. Training programs are provided at no cost to participants. The Portsmouth@Work curriculum builds needed career skills and is set to standards cited by business and industry employers.

The Portsmouth@Work Center

The Portsmouth@Work Center is your resource for employment services. Whether you're a job seeker looking for assistance with job searches or resume writing, or an employer needing targeted recruitment strategies or access to workforce programs, Portsmouth@Work is the place for you! Our friendly staff offer customized career and job resources to meet your specific needs and serve as your local career center.

  • 8 Computer Stations
  • High speed internet access
  • Email and web browsing
  • In-house staffing for assistance


Our Partners

Portsmouth@Work is proud to partner with local, regional, and national workforce resources and services to make access easy for our residents. We partner with a diverse group of service providers with programmatic expertise, proven workforce development programs, and employment services and organizations.

Hampton Roads Workforce Council 1

Hampton Roads Workforce Council

Hampton Roads Workforce Council oversees federally funded workforce development programs, which assist businesses in accessing qualified workers and jobseekers in finding suitable job openings and bolstering their earning power through training.

hampton roads transit

Hampton Roads Transit

Hampton Roads Transit provides skills-based career development opportunities as they hire and grow dynamic, customer service-oriented, and energetic people to provide excellent and effective public transportation to the Hampton Roads region.

Portsmouth Adult Education Center

Portsmouth Adult Education Center

Provide in-depth study for students who need to strengthen their basic skills before moving into GED Preparation classes. All ABE classes are offered free of charge.

Portsmouth Adult Education Center

Portsmouth Career and Technical Education Program

High school students can begin working on their dream careers by getting access to the skills and the learning needed to excel in those specific jobs or career pathways. The best part is they do it all while still working toward graduation. 

Tidewater Community College Workforce Solutions

Tidewater Community College Workforce Solutions

Provides tailored programs for individuals and employers to receive training to keep them on the cutting edge of their field.

Portsmouth Redevelopment

Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The purpose of the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is to assist eligible individuals to increase their earned income and reduce dependency on public assistance and rental subsidies. The FSS Program is available to Public Housing (PH) and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program participants.

Virginia Employment Commission

Virginia Employment Commission

The VEC's Virginia Workforce Connection (VAWC) is your online source to connect
with potential employers, search for jobs, find training opportunities, and research
wage data along with industry and occupational trends.

Virginia Ship Repair Association

Virginia Ship Repair Association

The Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) is a regional association representing companies engaged in, or supporting, the ship repair industry in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region. Our mission is to focus and coordinate member resources on issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the ship repair industry in Virginia and across the nation.


Shawn Avery

President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Workforce Council

The Portsmouth@Work program and center has the full support from our team. The Hampton Roads Workforce Council will continue to work with Portsmouth to foster talent.

Check Out Our Upcoming Events

Every month Portsmouth@Work has events for the community. Come see what's happening in the next few months or register to host your own event.