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Apprenticeship Pilot for Transitioning Service Members Will Boost Career Skills

 

Caption: Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training John Lowry visited the Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 5 Apprenticeship School in February 2020, where he met apprentices like Air Force veteran Edward Stallworth who receive a paycheck while also getting training for high-skill, in-demand civilian careers.
Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training John Lowry visited the Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 5 Apprenticeship School in February 2020, where he met apprentices like Air Force veteran Edward Stallworth who receive a paycheck while also getting training for high-skill, in-demand civilian careers.

Enabling all veterans to reach their full potential in the workplace is not just about finding jobs for veterans, it’s about finding the right job for them. Apprenticeships connect employers with talented workers and offer paths to gain critical job skills – which is why the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service recently launched the VETS Apprenticeship Pilot.

New Apprenticeship Placement Counselors, who provide counseling and apprenticeship placement services, are working with transitioning service members, and their spouses, interested in exploring apprenticeship as a post-separation career pathway. The counselors are available virtually and at eight U.S. military installations in:

  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California
  • Naval Base San Diego, California
  • Travis Air Force Base, California
  • Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina
  • Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
  • Fort Bliss, Texas
  • Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia

Apprenticeship Placement Counselors will participate in Transition Assistance Program workshops to highlight apprenticeship as well as assist transitioning service members and spouses individually. The counselors will work with networks of employers, industry associations and other stakeholders to connect the participants to apprenticeship opportunities in their desired industry and post-separation location.

Apprentices gain paid, relevant workplace experience; classroom instruction; and a portable, nationally recognized credential. Ninety-four percent of apprentices retain employment after completing their program, and the average annual starting salary for apprenticeship graduates is $70,000. Transitioning service members are well equipped to become apprentices since they are goal-oriented, hardworking and responsible, and have proven leadership skills and a strong work ethic.

Any transitioning service member or spouse interested in connecting with an Apprenticeship Placement Counselor should contact us at ApprenticeshipPilot@serco-na.com

Employers interested in tapping into a potential pipeline of apprentices, or for general pilot inquiries, can email VETSapprenticeship@dol.gov.

To learn more about apprenticeship, visit www.Apprenticeship.gov.

John Lowry is the Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training. Follow VETS on Twitter.

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Nothing in the northeast.

Looking for any positions in Providence, Rhode Island VA. Thank you.

Any jobs CWT available?

Senior Account Executive with more than 10 years’ experience in the marketing industry with a proven track record of increasing revenue through strong communication and managerial skills and also an exceptional ability to build solid client relationships is seeking a position as an account executive. I have the ability to pivot energy and strategy based on what 's going on around me, while still being authentic and engaged.

I don't live near any of those U.S. military installation and i am interested this program. I am a retired Army veteran Logistics NCO for various types of units that I was assigned to and would like to know if the program has Training for my military experience.

Are retirees eligible for the apprenticeship program? I was a healthcare provider, but am looking for work opportunities in other fields now,...

An apprenticeship needs to be offered for positions besides electricians and plumbers. How about an apprenticeship for a Mortgage loan officer or Human Resources Manager?

I would like to know how many and what type of apprenticeship positions are there. That I may apply for logistics, electrician, plumber or heavy equipment.

I am now living in Boynton Beach Florida.
Can you direct me to the nearest councilor?
Thanks for your time in matter!

I am late discovering this information, but I am elated to know that this Apprentice Program has been implemented for our Vets! I can remember in 1981 when my father retired from the Air Force there were very few resources to assist with his transition for employment into the civilization workforce. As a business owner I want to participate, and to help create opportunities for our Vets and their families! We appreciate your sacrifices to keep us safe! God bless you!