Registered Apprenticeship Program: Providing Employment Opportunities for Veterans

Last month, the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration played host to the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. The 2-day conference drew from the collective expertise of leaders in the military, government, training providers, and veteran service organizations that focus on strategies to increase veterans’ participation in the Registered Apprenticeship Program (Program).

The Program was created in 1937 to produce workers with in-demand skills from plumbing through turbine engineering.  The on-the-job training (OJT) and technical instruction are tailored to suit a particular industry.  Nationwide, the Program’s  network now boasts some 250,000 employers in 1,000 careers. In 2012, there were 147,000 new participants entering the Program, of which 59,000 graduated.

A recent study performed by DOL points to a substantial increase in lifetime earnings—by upwards of a quarter of a million dollars—for those that participated in and completed the Program, which has proven to be an effective and important tool in reintegrating veterans back into the civilian workforce. The program is a mode of providing the training, as well as the credentials, that will act as the bridge between military training and a civilian job. It is estimated that some 25,000 veterans are currently participants in the Program.

In an article posted on June 12th, titled VRAP: Helping Unemployed Veterans Join the Workforce, KRA Corporation highlighted DOL’s efforts  to bring our nation’s unemployed veterans into the workforce through the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

KRA feels that it is as important to identify and promote programs that will potentially lead to successful employment for those service men and women about to leave active duty, as it is for those who have already served. We support the creation of all viable and sustainable models for transitioning our service members back into the domestic workforce.

KRA Corporation has long maintained that OJT is crucial as a method of ensuring a worker’s success, as well as adding to the overall health of industries in general. With core services ranging from orientation and assessment to occupational skills training, KRA operates multiple programs that provide Customized Training Services that meet specific employer needs, as well as OJT  opportunities.

KRA applauds DOL’s further efforts in proactively pursuing solutions and strategies, that can mitigate this unemployment issue as our military personnel re-enter civilian life, and we look forward to welcoming and assisting our veterans in any way we can to rejoin the workforce.