Why Hire a Veteran for Your Apprenticeship Program?
Employers have seen higher retention rates from veterans and report that their veteran employees demonstrate proven leadership, an ability to work well under pressure, and a strong work ethic – all valuable skills in an apprentice. As you look for a reliable talent pool, consider how your Registered Apprenticeship Program can attract veterans by getting approved to accept GI Bill® benefits and becoming a veteran-ready organization.
There are a variety of ways that you can connect your apprenticeship program with transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses. Find resources on how you can tap into a skilled and ready workforce to build your team.
Why Become Approved for the GI Bill Benefits?
Companies that want to hire veterans can provide an added incentive to attract skilled veterans. By becoming “Approved for GI Bill”, Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors can assist their current and future veteran apprentices with the benefits they’ve earned. Veterans who have existing benefits under the GI Bill and are participating in a program “Approved for GI Bill” can use those benefits towards tuition and fee payments.
For more information on Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill Benefits visit School Program Approval - Education and Training
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/.
Get your Program Approved to Provide GI Bill Benefits
Register your apprenticeship program. To learn how to formally register your program, visit our Registered Apprenticeship Program page or use our Partner Finder to contact your nearest apprenticeship consultant.
Already registered your apprenticeship program? The next step is to seek GI Bill authorization from your Department of Veterans Affairs State Approving Agency, which is responsible for approving apprenticeship programs in your state. Requirements generally include submitting a training request form that specifically outlines the proposed program, wages, and standard workweek information, as well as the company contact name and phone number.
Requirements for GI Bill Approval Include
- Signed DOL Registered Apprenticeship Standards
- Completed VA Form 22-8865
- Completed VA Form 22-8794
To connect with the appropriate State Approving Agency for your program please visit VA Education State Approving Agency Contacts.
Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors (and employers) are provided a streamlined process for being certified under the GI Bill – typically within 30 days. Upon approval, Registered Apprenticeship sponsors are encouraged to promote their apprenticeships as Approved for the GI Bill to inform veterans about their eligibility for benefits as an apprentice with their organization.
What is the VALOR Act?
This policy streamlines how multi-state apprenticeship programs are certified by the VA for Education Benefits (such as GI Bill). Apprenticeship programs can be registered by the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) on a nationwide basis under OA’s National Program Standards of apprenticeship, provided that such programs meet the minimum criteria outlined in Circular 2022-01.
Prior to this legislation, OA National Program Sponsors had to certify their program with a VA Education Approving Agency for each state in which the program operated. Now, they can certify one time with the VA Education Approving Agency in the state in which they are headquartered, and then be certified for Veteran Education Benefits across state lines.
Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act of 2019
This policy further streamlines how multi-state apprenticeship programs are certified by the VA. Apprenticeship programs can be registered by the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) on a nationwide basis under OA’s National Program Standards of apprenticeship, provided that such programs meet the minimum criteria outlined in Circular 2022-01.
Prior to this legislation, OA National Program Sponsors would register national apprenticeship programs, then have to identify the appropriate VA Education Approving Agency to apply for Veteran Education Benefits. Now, once Sponsors register national apprenticeship programs with the Office of Apprenticeship, Proof of Registration is automatically forwarded to the appropriate VA Education Approving Agency to apply for Veteran Education Benefits.
Learn more about Circular 2020-03: Guidance for the Applicability of the Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act of 2019.
Granting Advanced Standing for Veterans in Apprenticeship
The DOL Office of Apprenticeship issued guidance for Registered Apprenticeship Sponsors and Related Instruction providers on how to facilitate the recognition and translation of relevant service-acquired skills, training, and specialized experiences previously attained by veterans into advanced program standing, academic credit, and higher wage increments.
Learn more about Circular 2020-04:Guidance for the Implementation of Section2(b)(2) of the Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act of 2019.
What Does it Mean to be a Veteran-Ready Organization?
Being a veteran-ready organization requires that employers consider how best to recruit, onboard, and integrate veterans in their workplace. This goes beyond simply hiring veterans out of a sense of patriotism and civic duty and requires asking critical questions about the policies and programs that help create an organizational culture that supports veterans' needs. Below are questions that can help employers begin to think about how to go from veteran-friendly to veteran-ready organizations:
- What are some of the keys to effectively screening veteran resumes and interviewing veteran candidates?
- What programs or policies has your organization successfully implemented for recruiting, onboarding, and integrating veteran hires?
- What resources, organizations, and programs have you leveraged to support the engagement, development, and retention of your veterans?
- Do you have dedicated human resources professionals(s) or initiatives to support veterans within your organization?
Veterans have proven training and leadership skills. For employers seeking assistance in recruiting veterans, contact the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service to speak with a Regional Veterans Employment coordinator who can help you.
Building a Pathway for Transitioning Service Members: DoD SkillBridge to Registered Apprenticeship
Employers are beginning to see the value of connecting their Registered Apprenticeship programs to the DoD SkillBridge program. This bridge provides employers with the ability to access to a talent pool of potential employees before other employers, evaluate whether the service member is a good fit for their organization before hiring them, train a potential employee while DoD still pays their salary and benefits, and once the service member gets hired as an apprentice, employers can continue to develop them within their Registered Apprenticeship program. Learn more about how to create a DoD SkillBridge program to attract veterans to your organization.
HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program
The U.S. Department of Labor closed the application period on April 30, 2023 for the 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award.
The HIRE Vets Medallion Award recognizes employers that meet standards for excellence in the recruitment, hiring and retention of America’s military veterans. The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is based on a number of criteria, ranging from veteran hiring and retention to providing veteran-specific resources, leadership programming, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs – with requirements varying for large, medium, and small employers. Over 1,000 employers have been recognized to date, and the past year 28 of the Awardees were also sponsors or employer partners of Registered Apprenticeship programs! To learn more, and see a map of the 2022 awardees, please visit HireVets.gov.