The U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) established the National Veterans' Training Institute (NVTI) in 1986 to provide specialized training and professional skills enhancement of State Workforce Agencies and other veterans' service providers' staff.

To perform most effectively, veterans' services professionals require specialized training; and State Workforce 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% 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, 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 VETS staff.

Management Concepts operates the NVTI under a competitively-awarded contract with VETS. Classes are delivered in a variety of modes, including residential weeks in Dallas, Texas, and selected locations around the country, and via distance learning approaches. Attendees have access to a dedicated portal that contains course materials, discussion groups and other related course content and references. The portal provides ongoing reference and community of practice support to participants who have completed NVTI training.

For more information about the NVTI, contact the Veterans' Employment and Training Service representative nearest you.

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.