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VETS Fact Sheet 9

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Program Highlights

Veterans' Employment and Training Service


National Veterans' Training Institute

The U.S. Department of Labor, through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training (OASVET), established the National Veterans' Training Institute in 1986 to provide specialized training and professional skills enhancement of State Employment Security Agency and other veterans' service providers' staff.

To perform most effectively, veterans' services specialists require specialized training; and State Employment Security Agencies' local job service office and other program management staff need more generalized training. The NVTI strives to meet both needs.

The NVTI basic training focuses on improving employment services for veterans through a professional skills-development program. About 70 percent of participants are Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program specialists and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives; the remaining participants are state employees and administrative staff, Federal employees and others involved with veterans' employment and training issues.

The NVTI training curriculum is designed to ensure that participants are trained in competencies that meet customers' needs. In addition to the basic employment and training professional-skills course, training is offered in veterans' benefits, transition assistance, case management, marketing and accessing the media, and management of veterans' services. NVTI also offers courses in veterans' reemployment rights case investigation and grants management, to address the training needs of the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) staff.

The University of Colorado at Denver operates the NVTI under a competitively-awarded contract with VETS. Classes are delivered in a variety of modes, including residential weeks in Denver and selected locations around the country, and via distance learning approaches. NVTI courses are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities; satisfactory course completion can earn participants two hours of academic credit per average five-day course.

NVTI's administrative office in Denver houses the Resource and Technical Assistance Center (RTAC), a repository for a variety of materials and information resources on veterans' issues and services that offers on-going support for individuals who have completed NVTI training.

For more information about the NVTI, contact the Veterans' Employment and Training Service representative nearest you, listed in the phone book under U.S. Government, U.S. Labor Department or visit: http://www.dol.gov/vets/aboutvets/contacts/main.htm


This is one of a series of fact sheets highlighting U.S. Department of Labor programs.

It is intended as a general description only and does not carry the force of legal opinion.