In the fall of 2012, Gov. Deal, in partnership with Georgia Department of Labor, launched several statewide workforce initiatives aimed to aid Georgia’s veterans. The State Workforce Development Board has also granted priority of service in Georgia’s workforce system to veterans and their spouses.
Launched in November 2012, Operation: Workforce serves as an online one-stop for veteran resources and services in Georgia. This web portal provides resources from multiple different state agencies and private organizations that serve veterans. Veterans can translate their military occupational classifications into civilian occupations that best align with their skill set and training. On this website, veterans can view and apply to current positions that employers have posted specifically for them. Visit the Operation: Workforce website for more information about Operation: Workforce and all of the other initiatives for veterans detailed below.
The pledge, hosted on the Operation: Workforce website, is meant to connect Georgia’s returning veterans to open positions posted by Georgia employers who have signed the “Pledge to Support Georgia’s Veterans.” Employers who sign the pledge commit to give “enhanced hiring opportunities to veterans” and will receive a “Hire a Georgia Veteran” logo for use in their marketing materials.
This program expedites veterans into civilian employment in the transportation industry. Military personnel who already have a military 348 license (Military Issued Tactical Vehicle License) are able waive the driving test for a Georgia Commercial Driver’s license (CDL) at Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) locations to expedite the licensing process for service members. This program helps meet the demand for more than 12,778 openings for commercial truck drivers projected in Georgia in the next four years. Please go to the DDS website to learn more.
Inspired by the statewide Troops to Trucks initiative, several local workforce investment areas have started CDL training programs aimed at veterans under the same name.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division, in partnership with the Secretary of State’s Licensing Division, has implemented the Veterans and Spousal Licensure Act application to expedite the transfer of certain military certifications to professional licenses in the state.
The Veterans and Spousal Licensure Bill, signed in spring of 2013, quickly connects returning heroes with in-demand occupations across the state by applying their military experience and expertise to applicable positions in the workforce. Licenses included: Electrical Contractor Class I, Journeyman Plumber, Conditioned Air Contractor Class I and Utility Foreman. Please visit the Operation: Workforce website to learn more.
The SCORE Foundation, in partnership with major corporations, is pleased to offer the “Veteran Fast Launch” initiative. This program is a combined package of free software and services combined with SCORE’s mentoring program in order to help accelerate the ability of veterans and their families to start and succeed as small business owners.
To successfully transition veterans and their families into Georgia’s public colleges, universities and the state’s workforce.
Boots to Business is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The curriculum continuum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan and information on SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance. For more information, click here.
The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. The SBA has 15 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC). For more information, visit here.