Contractors advised to use PAVE in hiring of disabled vets.
PVA has encouraged federal contractors and subcontractors to reach out to its premier nationwide vocational program for assistance in meeting new veteran and disability hiring regulations.
This isn’t just a good idea because the month of April is a time to focus our combined awareness on our Veterans. It is well documented that our servicemen and women learn, hone, and possess marketable skills that translate positively into today’s labor market. Veterans are natural team players with a desire to have a purpose and accomplish tasks. Their technical knowledge and expertise can often surpass those with non-military training/education/experience.
New Labor Department regulations, which went into effect on March 24, 2014, require federal contractors and subcontractors to take additional steps to improve the hiring and employment prospects for veterans and people with disabilities.
While we obviously think this is a good and positive step for veterans who are able to work; utilizing transferable, marketable skills and abilities, we also wonder that it took a regulation to make hiring of veterans a larger possibility. Don’t misunderstand our position- we are grateful for this new regulation that updates the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.
These are two laws that have required federal contractors and subcontractors to affirmatively recruit, hire, train, and promote qualified veterans and people with disabilities.
Susan Prokop, associate advocacy director at Paralyzed Veterans of America, indicates that federal contractors have voiced concerns about two challenges:
1. How/where to find qualified veterans to hire
2. How to ensure veteran hires can translate the skills and cultural values they learned in the military into a corporate environment.
It is recommended that contractors who have these concerns might take the time to reach out to Operation PAVE, (Paving Access for Veterans Employment)- Paralyzed Veterans of America’s premier nationwide vocational assistance program.
PVA believes that, “Having an intermediary like our PAVE counselors who understand the military world and the corporate world is a good backstop to have for both the company and the veterans making those connections and that our PAVE program can address many contractors’ concerns.”