The Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development offers a number of programs designed to help Veterans find employment and training services:
Priority of Service for Veterans:
Priority of service requires that our Veterans receive priority throughout the full array of services provided through the One-Stop Career Center System. The purpose is to provide priority of service to Veterans and spouses of certain Veterans for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services in any workforce preparation program directly funded, in whole or in part, by the Department of Labor. To obtain priority of service for a specific program, a Veteran or eligible spouse must meet the statutory definition of a "covered person" and also must meet any other statutory eligibility requirements applicable to that program.
Local Veterans' employment representatives:
Local Veterans' employment representative (LVER) are state employees located in the state's One-Stop Career Centers. Their job is to provide job search services to Veterans by: supervising the provision of all services to Veterans including counseling, testing, and identifying training and employment opportunities; monitoring job listings from federal contractors to see that eligible Veterans get priority in referrals to these jobs; monitoring federal department and agency vacancies listed at local One-Stop Centers processing complaints from Veterans about the observance of Veterans' preference by federal employers; promoting and monitoring the participation of Veterans in federally-funded employment and training programs; cooperating with the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify and aid Veterans who need work-specific prosthetic devices, sensory aids or other special equipment to improve their employability; and contacting community leaders, employers, unions, training programs and Veterans' service organizations to be sure eligible Veterans get the services to which they are entitled.
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP):
Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) develop job and training opportunities for Veterans, with special emphasis on Veterans with service-connected disabilities. DVOP Specialists provide direct services to Veterans to help them to compete in the labor market. They provide outreach and offer assistance to disabled and other Veterans by promoting community and employer support for employment and training opportunities, including apprenticeship and on-the-job training.
Veterans' Workforce Investment Program (VWIP):
VWIP is a statewide program that addresses the unique needs of Veterans seeking employment, training, job counseling and related services and to develop and promote maximum employment opportunities for eligible Veterans.
Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG) Program:
The Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG) Program of the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund provides cash grants to employers to hire Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for 6 months or more, or Massachusetts residents who are unemployed military Veterans (regardless of length unemployment).
Eligible employers may apply for grants of $5,000 for each new hire who meets the HITG program requirements. Employers may receive up to $75,000 each calendar year. Once approved, payment will be available to the employer once the new hire has retained employment for at least 120 days.
Apprenticeship for Veterans:
Veterans, Reservists and National Guard members, who are employed as registered apprentices, may be eligible to collect G.I. Bill payments in addition to their regular full-time wages. Just as a college student can collect a monthly G.I. Bill payment for classroom attendance, so can a registered apprentice who learns a trade on-the-job. Montgomery G.I. Bill payments for apprenticeship programs, which generally range from one to five years in length, can total between $2,600 and $42,000 depending upon benefit eligibility.