In honor of Veterans Day, we are highlighting three Workforce System Strategies research and evaluation reports on veterans’ employment and training programs, outcomes, and tools to ease service members’ transition into civilian employment. Read more below and follow the link above to access more research and evaluation resources pertaining to veterans!

Helping Soldiers Leverage Army Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities in Civilian Jobs
This 2017 study administered occupational surveys to enlisted soldiers working in the ten most populous military occupations to identify employers and occupations that align with veterans’ skills. The surveys measured knowledge, skills, abilities, work styles, and soft skills used in the military occupations, such as teamwork, leadership, and coaching. The study used the results to produce a crosswalk, which matches veterans’ qualifications with employers’ requirements, and ensures a successful civilian job search. Read more to dig into how robust skills crosswalks can help veterans transition into civilian jobs.

Evaluation of the Connecticut Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative Final Report
This implementation and impact evaluation report examines how the four-year statewide health and life sciences career initiative (HL-SCI) exceeded its goals in recruiting and preparing Connecticut’s veterans and other priority populations for high-paying, in-demand jobs. Healthcare industry partners collaborated with higher education to provide veterans with modules on key concepts, online and hybrid courses, credit for prior non-credit coursework and experience, and enhanced employment and supportive services. Veterans participating in the HL-SCI reported a positive experience and particularly valued the availability of support services tailored for veterans. Read more to find out which of the initiative’s elements contributed to its success.

Veterans in Workforce Development: Participation and Labor Market Outcomes
This report discusses workforce development programs in which veterans experienced higher earnings than non-veterans six months and one year after program exit. A non-experimental impact analysis applied regression analyses and propensity score matching using ten years of wage, employment, and program data to identify the workforce services veterans and non-veterans used. The evaluation then compared employment and earnings rates for both populations. Read more to gain insight on the strengths and opportunities of workforce development service programs for veterans.