Are you a veteran?
Veterans from all periods of military service are eligible for job referral, job training and job placement assistance.
- Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing
- Development of an Individual Employment Plan
- Career counseling that helps veterans in making training and career decisions
- Labor market and occupational information, to include training
- Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings
- Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors
- Referral to training by WIOA-funded or third party service providers
- Monthly follow-up by an advisor for up to six months.
Priority Of Service
It is the responsibility of the public workforce system to provide priority of service to eligible veterans and their spouses who receive services under any qualified job training program funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). It is important to note that the definition of a veteran varies some between different Department of Labor programs. Each program will be able to evaluate your veteran status in order to provide the benefits that you may be entitled to.
Find A Job
Register as a Job Seeker with the Virginia Workforce Connection (VWC) for access to all the services available and so you can find a job and Employers can FIND YOU! You will find Job Search, Career Information, Training Opportunities, Skill requirements, Labor Market Information including Wage data, Industry and Occupational trends.
Training & Education
Planning your next career after the military may require additional education and training. Our career centers staff can provide information about the many opportunities available to Veterans, Service Members and their families, including job training, scholarships, tuition assistance programs, the GI Bill and many other programs specifically for Service Members and Veterans.
Information can also be found by visiting the Virginia Workforce Connection and creating an account as a Job Seeker.
The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) is able to provide information and resources for many of veterans needs. There are VEC staff located at our career centers and you can also visit their site for more information.
TRUCK DRIVER GRANT PROGRAM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has awarded Tidewater Community College a grant that provides tuition to train current and former members of the United States Armed Forces, including National Guard, Reservists, and spouses to obtain their CDL for trucking and or bus drivers.
Are you looking to hire a veteran?
We would love to help you identify veterans that may be able to meet your workforce needs.
Why Hire A Veteran?
TOP 10 REASONS TO HIRE A U.S. MILITARY VETERAN
- Accelerated Learning Curve – Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can enhance your organization’s productivity.
- Leadership – The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation, and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.
- Teamwork – Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individuals and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an overarching objective.
- Diversity and Inclusion in Action – Veterans have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion and economic status as well as mental, physical and attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.
- Efficient Performance Under Pressure – Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.
- Respect for Procedures – Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates’ actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.
- Technology and Globalization – Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.
- Integrity – Veterans know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.
- Conscious of Health and Safety Standards – Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property and materials.
- Triumph Over Adversity – In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strengths and determination.
Source: Virginia Employment Commission
Virginia Workforce Connection
By registering as an employer and utilizing the search preferences to indicate you are interested in qualified Veteran candidates, the Virginia Workforce Connection can help you target a highly-skilled workforce.
Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program
The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program is a free training and certification program for employers to help you implement nationally recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring, and retaining highly-skilled and dependable Veterans. Through the training and certification program, you will gain a better understanding of what a Veteran is and how they can contribute to your workforce. You will also learn what leading companies are doing nationwide to attract and keep Veteran talent within their workforce, and will learn how to incorporate these strategies in your own organization. Finally, you will receive access to resources that will help them connect more directly and proactively with the Veteran and military populations. To find out more, visit the V-3 Program website.
Civilian-To-Military Occupation Translator
Looking to hire a Veteran? Identify relevant military experience by matching your civilian job opening to military careers that use similar skills. For more information, visit the Career One Stop Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
You may be eligible for a tax incentive for hiring a Veteran. Read about the WOTC program in Virginia administered by the Virginia Employment Commission at their Work Opportunity Tax Credit website.
Veterans Employment Toolkit
Through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, learn how your business can best support Veterans in the workplace with their Veterans Employment Toolkit.
For more information, please contact us!