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Agency and Government-wide Initiatives targeting Veterans, Transitioning Service Members (TSM) and Student Veterans to assist agencies’ in offering veterans, TSM and student veterans with enhancing and acquiring new skills through possible internship, apprenticeship and training opportunities. These programs assist agencies in filling mission critical occupations.

Veterans Employment Programs

OPM Programs

Vets-to-Feds (V2F) Program

The Vets to Feds (V2F) Career Development Program sponsored by the Interagency Council on Veterans Employment. This program is designed to recruit and support the development of our nation’s veterans for careers with the Federal Government. The Vets2Feds Career Development Program will provide you with an opportunity to train and develop new professionals in the Federal government. Targeted Mission Critical Occupations can vary. For more information contact fedshirevets@opm.gov

Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy

The Federal Cybersecurity Reskilling Academy offers Federal employees the opportunity for hands-on training in cybersecurity, one of the fastest growing fields in the country. This reskilling effort is part of the Administration’s commitment to developing a Federal workforce of the 21st century, as outlined in the President’s Management Agenda and the recent Government Reform Plan. More information about The Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy can be found here.

Department of Veterans Affairs Programs

Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE)

NPWE Provides eligible veterans with the opportunity to obtain training and practical job experience by working in a Federal, State, or Local government agency. (38 CFR 21.123)

  • Placement can be at any government facility that will provide the veteran with a work experience consistent with his or her vocational rehabilitation goals
  • There is no cost to the employer; the veteran receives a subsistence allowance from the VA
  • For more information Download the NPWE program fact sheet

On-the Job & Apprenticeship Training Programs

On the Job & Apprenticeship Training programs provides eligible veterans an opportunity to obtain training and practical hands-on experience. Veterans are hired by participating employers at the onset of an OJT program, employment is expected to continue following successful completion of the OJT program. The EC and/or VRC facilitate the process by identifying suitable placements. Benefits to the Federal Agency:

  • Hire qualified veterans trained to the Federal Agency’s specifications
  • Hire a trainee at an apprenticeship wage
  • VA provides the necessary tools, equipment, uniforms and other supplies
  • Appropriate accommodations are made based on individual needs
  • More Information at https://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/education/OJT.pdf

VA Acquisition Academy (VAAA) Warriors to Workforce Program (W2W)

The Warriors to Workforce (W2W) is a program that offers Veterans an opportunity to transition into a career in the federal government by applying their military skills and experiences to the federal workforce. The program focuses on transitional support, mentoring, professional development, and foundational career training activities. Interns complete the program as a cohort, fortified by a built-in support system that mirrors the team environment and camaraderie that they experienced in the military. These relationships create a foundation for a lasting professional network throughout their career.

The W2W program serves as a foundation to the Acquisition Intern Program (AIP). Interns who successfully complete the W2W Program are converted to GS-7 Contract Specialists and matriculate to the AIP where they learn the essential technical and professional competencies for contracting professionals in an experiential learning environment with real-world work scenarios. Upon successful completion of the AIP, interns are strategically infused into the Acquisition workforce to meet the needs of federal contracting organizations throughout the country.

Veterans Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) Program

Veterans Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) Program is a five-year, $75 million pilot program that helps Veterans improve their IT skills through courses offered by industry-leading training providers, both in-person and virtual. Since the pilot’s inception, the program has been highly popular with students successfully completing high-technology focused programs such as Information Sciences, Computer Software, Computer Programming, Media Applications, and Data Processing.

In support of VA’s VET TEC program participants, VA created the VET TEC Employer Consortium, and is partnering with employers committed to hiring high-tech skilled Veteran talent. The VET TEC Employer Consortium helps Veterans bridge the gap between VET TEC program completion and meaningful employment, while also fostering a network of employers and training providers for graduates to leverage at the beginning of, and throughout, their career.

The VET TEC Employer Consortium will provide a diverse range of opportunities for VET TEC students to connect with employer partners and VA, including Job Previews, Lunch & Learn sessions, Day in The Life, and Panel Discussions.

Are you interested in learning more? There are a variety of ways to get involved with the VET TEC program and Employer Consortium.

  • If you are a Veteran and interested in a career in the technology industry, please visit the VET TEC website to learn more about the VET TEC program, eligibility requirements, and to apply.
  • If you are a training provider and would like to be included as a VA-approved provider, please visit the VET TEC Training Provider website, as well as complete the application packet.
  • If you are an employer in the technology industry and would like to join our VET TEC Employer Consortium , please send an email to VETTECpartners@va.gov.

For additional information please visit the VET TEC Program web page.

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

VA launched the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Scholarship program to support students training in high demand STEM fields. The Rogers STEM Scholarship provides up to nine months of additional Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits (to a maximum of $30,000) to qualifying Veterans and Fry Scholars seeking an undergraduate STEM degree or who have earned a STEM degree and are seeking a teaching certification.

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship: Learn how the Rogers STEM Scholarship may be able to provide additional benefits to those currently training in a high demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field.

For additional information please visit the Rogers STEM Scholarship web page.

Department of Defense Programs

Operation Warfighter

Operation Warfighter (OWF) is a Department of Defense internship program that matches qualified wounded, ill and injured Service members with non-funded federal internships in order for them to gain valuable work experience during their recovery and rehabilitation. This process assists with the Service members’ reintegration to duty, or transition into the civilian work environment where they are able to employ their newly acquired skills in a non-military work setting. Additional information about the Operation Warfighter Program.

DOD Skillbridge

The DoD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences. For Service members SkillBridge provides an invaluable chance to work and learn in civilian career areas. For industry partners SkillBridge is an opportunity to access and leverage the world’s most highly trained and motivated workforce at no cost. Service members participating in SkillBridge receive their military compensation and benefits, and industry partners provide the training and work experience. Agencies can find more information about the DoD SkillBridge program here.

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Vet Guide

OPM administers entitlement to veterans' preference in employment under title 5, United States Code, and oversees other statutory employment requirements in titles 5 and 38. (Title 38 also governs Veterans' entitlement to benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.) View the complete Vet Guide.

HR Training

The Annual Mandatory Veteran Employment Training

This training meets your mandatory annual training requirements under Executive Order 13518.

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

All Federal executive agency human resources personnel (USERRA defines "human resources personnel" as any agency personnel "who are authorized to recommend, take, or approve any personnel action") must take training. USERRA covers virtually all managers. See 38 U.S.C. § 4335(d).

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Vet Guide

OPM administers entitlement to veterans' preference in employment under title 5, United States Code, and oversees other statutory employment requirements in titles 5 and 38. (Title 38 also governs Veterans' entitlement to benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.) View the complete Vet Guide.

Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP)

Most departments and agencies in the Federal Government are required to have an affirmative action program for the recruitment, employment, and advancement of disabled veterans. The law requires agencies to develop annual Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP) Plans.

Each year, agencies must submit DVAAP accomplishment reports to OPM. The accomplishment reports must describe agency efforts to promote the maximum employment and job advancement opportunities for disabled veterans as well as certain veterans of the Vietnam era and of the post-Vietnam era who are qualified for such employment and advancement. As part of their submission package, each agency must include a signed statement certifying that the agency has an up-to-date DVAAP plan.

OPM provides guidance and assistance to Federal agencies in developing DVAAP plans. Agency and OPM responsibilities are covered in title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 720, subpart C, and also 38 United States Code, section 4214. OPM reviews each submission to determine whether it is consistent with the applicable law and regulations. OPM submits an Annual Report to Congress on the employment of veterans in the Federal Government.

If you have any questions or require additional information about the DVAAP report, please contact us at: DVAAP@opm.gov.

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Vet Guide

OPM administers entitlement to veterans' preference in employment under title 5, United States Code, and oversees other statutory employment requirements in titles 5 and 38. (Title 38 also governs Veterans' entitlement to benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.) View the complete Vet Guide.

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