Pilot program connects veterans and families to new employment

A pilot program for veterans and their families is part of the Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment, a statewide initiative for job seekers, employment service providers, employers and the community. (Submitted graphic)

A pilot program for veterans and their families is part of the Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment, a statewide initiative for job seekers, employment service providers, employers and the community. (Submitted graphic)

The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services and the Arizona Coalition for Military Families have a pilot program that will connect service members, veterans and their family members with employment, training and resources.

The pilot program was recently announced at the Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment Summit, sponsored by APS, and broadcast live at veterans.azpbs.org as part of Arizona PBS’ Veterans Coming Home initiative, a cross-platform public media campaign that bridges the military and civilian sides, according to a press release.

A web-based employment portal will create a way for public and private sector employers to register and be matched with job seekers based on their skills and experience.

“This is about the public and private sector coming together to strengthen how employers connect with job seekers,” said Wanda Wright, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services director. “With the support of the Governor’s Office, we are leveraging the supportive resources available statewide and technology to develop new approaches to addressing veteran employment.”

The pilot program is part of the Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment, a statewide initiative for job seekers, employment service providers, employers and the community.

“We are pleased to support the summit and the work the Arizona Coalition is doing for our veterans,” said Hal Pittman, APS director of external communications. “It is extremely rewarding to have this opportunity to help educate the Arizona business community about the value veterans bring to the workplace.”

“We want every job seeker and employee to know that there are resources available in every corner of the state to support them,” said Thomas Winkel, Arizona Coalition for Military Families director. “And we want every employer to know that our team is available to partner with them to find the talent they need.”

Public and private sector employers interested in participating in the program can contact the Arizona Coalition for Military Families. All training and technical assistance is provided. Go to ArizonaCoalition.org/employment or roadmap@arizonacoalition.org or call 602-753-8802.

 

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