The SkillSource Group, Inc. (SkillSource), the non-profit arm of the NorthernVirginia Workforce Investment Board (Workforce Area #11), serving over 1.0 million residents in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, was awarded $1,103,940 through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Workforce Investment Program (VWIP). The Northern Virginia Jobs 4 Veterans (J4VETS) Initiative will deliver employment and training services to approximately 395 eligible veterans over a three-year period, resulting in veterans earning industry-recognized credentials and employment in high demand local businesses. SkillSource and Northern Virginia was one of eleven (11) sites selected in the United States for this initiative.
Dr. David C. Miles, the Chairman of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board and the Miles-Lehane Companies, Inc. said, “Veterans face a number of challenges upon their return home, with stable employment being a critical need. The public workforce system has a responsibility to work together to help connect our veterans to training and to work with our Northern Virginia business owners to identify and hire talented veterans.”
J4VETS will transform the current system of veteran workforce and employment service delivery by establishing a coordinated partnership among veteran-serving organizations that will create a pipeline of skilled veteran job seekers. Of the 395 veterans enrolled, 150 (30%) are expected to have a service-connected disability. The program plans to enroll 80% of participating veterans into training, including on-the-job training and entrepreneurship training, and placing at least 277 veterans into employment. Project partners include the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, ServiceSource, Inc., Monster Government Solutions and its Military.com website, Manpower, Inc., the Business Development Assistance Group, the Virginia Community College System and the Virginia Employment Commission. Approximately 147,000 veterans live in Northern Virginia, or nearly 20% of all veterans residing in Virginia. Roughly 11,200 are veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns, with those numbers projected to grow over the next several years.
For more information, please visit the SkillSource website.