Services for Veterans
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Priority of Service to Veterans
BerkshireWorks gives priority of services to qualified veterans (and other covered individuals) when referring individuals to job openings, DOL funded training programs and related services in accordance with the implementation of the Veterans’ Priority Provisions of the “Jobs for Veterans Act” (PL 107-288),
Any person who identifies himself or herself as a veteran (or spouse or dependent child of a veteran killed in combat, or of a 100% disabled veteran whose disability is service connected, or of a member on active duty who is listed as missing in action, captured in the line of duty, or forcibly detained) shall be considered for priority of services. Qualified veterans will receive priority referral to services over non-veterans as determined by each program’s mandatory eligibility criteria.
The local Career Center Veterans’ Representative will obtain necessary documentation to verify eligibility for intensive services.
Any questions regarding Priority of Services should be directed to the Career Center Veterans’ Representative, Dave Nash at [email protected] or call the Career Center at 413-499-2220 ext. 211
BerkshireWorks Veterans’ specialists will:
Visit BerkshireWorks One-Stop Career Center, located at 160 North Street Pittsfield, to talk to a veterans’ specialist, or e-mail [email protected]. You can also look for job leads by visiting www.BerkshireWorks.org or through Massachusetts JobQuest.
Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives
Our Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERS) are state employees located in the state’s One-Stop Career Centers. Their job is to provide job search services to veterans by:
Disabled Veterans’ Outreach
Our 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.
DVOP Specialists work with employers, veterans’ organizations, the U. S.Department of Veterans Affairs and the U. S. Department of Defense, and community-based organizations to link veterans with appropriate jobs and training opportunities.
DVOP Specialists serve as case managers for veterans enrolled in federally-funded job training programs such as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation program, and other veterans with serious disadvantages in the job market. DVOPs are available to those veterans and their employers to help ensure that necessary follow-up services are provided to promote job retention.
DVOP Specialists may also be stationed at regional offices and medical or veterans’ outreach centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, state or county veterans’ service offices, community-based organizations and military installations.
The State Treasurer’s Office, Veterans’ Bonus Division, will administer the Welcome Home Bonus to veterans of the Global War on Terrorism.
Small Business Administration announces a new Veterans’ Business Loan Program
Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) and Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)
For more information contact [email protected]
Shawmut Design and Construction Company: Shawmut Design and Construction Company have a number of job openings. They are interested in Veterans who have a Civil or Structural Engineering background. Degree preferred, however they are also interested in Non-Commissioned Officers who have had experience “Overseeing” construction projects either in Southwest Asia, Europe or USA while in the military.
Resource links for Veterans
Click above to view The Official Massachusetts Healthcare Career Resource Site of The Massachusetts Hospital Association
Job Search Links
BerkshireCareers, BerkshireJobs, CareerBuilder, Career Jet, Craigslist, DataFrenzy, Dice,EarnPartTime, Indeed.com, Job Central, Jobs Connect, Mass JobQuest, Military Occupational Code Search,Monster, Operationheroforhire, USJOBS, WorkforAmerica.com and
Click here to view the 2010 Federal Benefits for Veterans Handbook
Veterans are encouraged to contact us or visit the Career Center and speak to their local Veterans Employment Representative to learn more about these programs. For more information contact [email protected].