US Department of Labor announces updates to transition assistance programs for job-seeking service members, veterans, military spouses
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced updates by its Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to the agency’s Transition Assistance Program intended to benefit military jobseekers.
The updates include the agency’s signing of memorandums of understanding with six new partners to join the agency’s Employment Navigator and Partnership Program for a three-year term. The program complements the department’s traditional TAP workshops with personalized employment assistance outside of the classroom for transitioning service members and their spouses. It also connects participants with partner organizations to help them before and after separation with additional employment services.
The newest ENPP partners are the Women Veterans Alliance in Lincoln and VetsinTech in San Francisco, California; the National Center for Housing Management in Jacksonville Beach and SkillMil Inc. in Jupiter, Florida; MilitaryHire in Akron, Ohio; and International Scientific Advisors Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon.
These new partners will offer digital matching of skills and experiences, employment networking and training services, and join 53 non-government and two government organizations now in the program. The ENPP now operates at 30 military installations worldwide, after a successful pilot completed at 13 installations in 2021.
In addition, VETS has expanded its Off-Base Transition Training Program to five additional states, doubling the number of the states with program workshops available at more than 100 locations. The program provides employment preparation resources for veterans, those veterans now in service with the National Guard and Reserves, and their spouses. This expansion now extends the program and its offerings to metropolitan areas in Denver, Colorado Springs, Las Vegas, New York, Portland, Rochester and throughout Illinois.
The agency also announced plans to update its Career and Credential Exploration Curriculum in January 2024. The revised curriculum will include enhanced self-assessments, enriched action plans, and a newly added resume writing segment tailored for use when applying for apprenticeships.