The Arizona Roadmap to Veteran Employment is a statewide plan that engages public and private sector organizations in an effort to connect service members, veterans and their family members to gainful employment opportunities, professional development and training opportunities and resources.
The center of the Roadmap framework houses an employment equation aimed at bridging the gap between the military and civilian workforce through focused engagement across key community stakeholders. This approach enables key stakeholder to align their needs and interests with the unique skill set offered by the military and veteran community, enabling more successful hiring and retention of veterans, service members and their families in the civilian workforce following separation from duty.
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 and Initiatives
SkillBridge – SkillBridge is a Department of Defense authorized program that allows service members with command approval to complete internships at approved civilian companies within the last six months of their military service. Service members continue to receive military pay and benefits as if they were actively working within their unit. The Arizona Coalition for Military Families coordinates a statewide SkillBridge program under a Memorandum of Understanding between military installations, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Coalition. Under the MOU, the Coalition engages Arizona Veteran Supportive Employers to develop SkillBridge opportunities and provides support to candidates from inside and outside Arizona to match to SkillBridge opportunities and access supportive services.
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 and retain veterans. For employers interested in participating or for those who have already gone through the process to earn the designation, the Arizona Coalition for Military Families provides support, training and technical assistance at no cost.
Career Navigation – If you are a service member, veteran or family member or helping someone seek employment, are underemployed, looking to make a career change, or recently relocated to Arizona and are interested in joining the workforce. Please fill out our Career Navigation Inquiry form, and our Career Navigation team will help.