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The Career Development Initiative (CDI) provides targeted career preparation, job placement assistance and job retention services to veterans with a focus on post-9/11 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The program expands veteran employment opportunities by growing the network of employers willing to hire these men and women when they complete their tour of service; identifies veterans’ skill sets so that appropriate career matches can be made; directly connects veterans to private employers; tracks employment for 12 months following placement; and collaborates with other nonprofit providers to achieve the greatest number of veteran placements. CDI is a priority for U.S.VETS as it empowers at-risk veterans to become self-sufficient, reducing the likelihood that they will become homeless.

 

The program begins with an Assessment Phase which includes face-to-face discussions with veterans and a review of the client's military and post-military employment history. The Business Development Associate then works with the client to complete an Individualized Employment Plan (IEP) consisting of specific short-term and long-term goals related to employment, education and career and income aspirations as well as goals for employment-related transportation, work dress, tools, job-site interactions, work performance and skills building/education. U.S.VETS takes it a step further by identifying barrier areas, as applicable, such as family/social, legal, medical/psychiatric/substance abuse, and on-going veteran connectedness. Veterans with high barriers are identified and referred to our local sites for supportive services to ensure their basic needs are met. This approach allows us to address barriers preventing them from obtaining and maintaining employment, thus increasing their chance to succeed.

 

Skill-based learning tied to career readiness and job placement efforts focus on careers in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as they hold the greatest potential for stable employment – now and in the future.   CDI staff cold call employers and follow up on leads with STEM based companies, and stay on top of labor market trends, with the result of building employer relationships that lead to long-term, full-time placements. Over 86 % of placements are into full-time positions. When a Veteran obtains employment, staff contacts them on the 30, 90, 180, 270, and 365 day mark to ensure that all is well with their position, and remind them that we are here to offer support with employer retention since issues can still arise. If needed, we can contact them on any given day. We keep their information in a case file and electronically in web-based software. The program has a 90.2% ninety day retention rate.

Congruent with U.S.VETS’ mission, the Career Development Initiative will assist individuals in becoming successful, self-sustaining, contributing citizens by addressing a root cause of economic instability - lack of financial resources. Increasing income and earning potential are critical to enhancing the long-term stability of veterans and their families.

LAVEC is a volunteer organization whose mission is “To facilitate veteran financial well-being through education, advocacy, and collaboration with employers.”   Our membership includes over 50 work force career development professionals employed by over 15 not-for-profit agencies operating veteran employment services programs in Los Angeles County.   LAVEC offers a convenient and efficient way of tapping into Southern California’s job ready veteran community – a community that has learned valued work force skills while serving in the military and one that is eager to utilize their skills and education in serving civilian employers.”    


LAVEC Agency Members
1736 Family Crisis Center
Community Career Development, Inc.
Goodwill Southern California
Greater Los Angeles Department of Veterans' Affairs
Hire Heroes U.S.A.
JVS - Veterans First
PATH
Professional Development Center
State of CA, EDD
The Salvation Army Haven
The Salvation Army Bell Shelter
U.S. VETS
Veterans Career Xchange
Vernon-Central/LATTC Worksource Center
American Legion
VOA
West Adams Worksource Center
Work for Warriors

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