About the Arizona Roadmap
The Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment is a statewide plan that engages public and private sector organizations with a goal of connecting service members, veterans and their family members to employment opportunities, training and resources.
The Roadmap is structured around an employment equation that encompasses a focus on the interests and needs of different key stakeholder groups, as well as the relationship between those stakeholders with an end goal of successful hiring and retention:
The goals of the Roadmap include:
- Job seekers and employees have access to information and support resources for their job search and career progression.
- Employment service providers are equipped with the training, contacts and resources to effectively assist job seekers with job search and barriers.
- Employers know the value of these employees, how to connect to this pool of job seekers and can effectively capitalize on and retain employees.
PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES
SkillBridge – SkillBridge is a Department of Defense authorized program that allows service members with command approval to complete internships at civilian companies in the last six months of their military service. Service members continue to receive military pay and benefits. The Arizona Coalition for Military Families coordinates a statewide SkillBridge program in partnership with the military installations and state agencies.
Arizona Veteran Supportive Employer (AVSE) – The AVSE program is a voluntary designation earned by public and private sector employers who equip their workplaces to more effectively recruit, hire, employ and retain veterans. The Arizona Coalition for Military Families provides training and technical assistance to employers at no cost.
Total Navigation – Total Navigation is an initiative that brings together the Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment and Arizona’s Be Connected program to support transitioning service members, dual career Guard & reserve members as well as their family members with connection to support, resources and career opportunities. This project is a partnership between the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family and Boeing.