Virginia has a unique opportunity to help Veterans gain career employment. Our Commonwealth has one of the youngest Veterans population in the United States, and the fastest growing Veteran labor force in the United States. Thousands of new Veterans enter Virginia’s workforce each year, and that number is projected to rise in the coming years.
While many employers are unaware of the value Veterans can bring to their workforce, thousands more are seeking to hire Veterans as a part of their workforce but don’t know how.
Two of the most frequent questions pertaining to Veteran employment, from an employer’s perspective are, “Why should I hire a Veteran?” and “Where can I find Veterans to hire?”
The V3 Program not only aims to educate and train companies on why it is a good business decision to recruit, hire, train, and retain Veterans, but also to help those committed companies meet their hiring goals.
The first V3 Conference was held in Richmond, VA on June 12, 2012, where 63 employers representing over 50 companies came to hear about a new opportunity to connect their companies with a highly-skilled, well-educated, and easily-trained leadership talent pool: Virginia’s Veterans. Hailed by the governor as an Economic Development Initiative rather than a jobs-program, the Department of Veterans Services engaged in this venture with a firm confidence that hiring Veterans is not just the right thing to do; understanding who Veterans are and hiring them will allow businesses to increase the productivity and efficiency of their workforce.
Since the execution of the initial concept, the V3 program has grown to reach hundreds of companies, resulting in over 33,000 actual hires reported so far.
Reliance Staffing and Recruiting hired 36 Veterans in the Third Quarter of 2018.
Truly, Virginia employers have recognized the Value that Veterans can bring to their workforce.
The Virginia Values Veterans Program is a free training and certification program for employers to help them implement nationally recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring, and retaining highly-skilled and dependable Veterans.
The V3 Program is an official Commonwealth of Virginia Program, authorized under the Code of Virginia (§ 2.2-2001.2). It is organized under the directorate of Veterans Education, Training, and Employment (VETE), within the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), an agency of the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs.