A government initiative designed to promote the hiring of military Veterans in federal government careers is launching a new program to focus on jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career fields.
The Vets to Feds (V2F) program, launching in February, 2015, is a career development initiative for contracting specialists, sponsored by the Interagency Council on Veterans Employment. The V2F program has been designed to help recruit and support the development of our Nation’s Veterans for careers with the federal government.
V2F is just one of the federal programs prompted by President Obama’s 2009 executive order, which called for the employment of Veterans in the federal government. V2F was started in 2011, when the Office of Personnel Management teamed up with the Council on Veterans Employment. The program was designed to support the president’s Veteran hiring initiative. Participating agencies identified key occupations, targeting Veteran candidates and providing them with the necessary counseling and training to become successful employees. The initiative targets Veterans who are students, recent graduates or eligible for special hiring authorities. Since its inception, other V2F career development tracks have been implemented. Since 2011, 16 agencies have participated in one or more programs, 138 Vets have been hired through the initiative, and over 100 of those hires are still employed.
The STEM initiative is the fourth V2F program to date. It’s expected that there will be between 50 and 100 federal positions across the nation made available as part of V2F STEM.
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