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VETsourcing is a not-for-profit initiative introduced by T21 Solutions, LLC as a way to connect military veterans, particularly those with disabilities and other limitations that would preclude traditional employment, with paid work opportunities and projects that will help them earn a living, sharpen their skills, and become increasingly competitive for full-time placements, additional project assignments and greater earning potential.

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VETsourcing concept

  1. 1. What is VETsourcing?Special Forces for Special Projects<br />Steve Urquhart<br />April 18, 2011<br />1<br />
  2. 2. VETsourcing is a not-for-profit initiative introduced by T21 Solutions, LLC as a way to connect military veterans, particularly those with disabilities and other limitations that would preclude traditional employment, with paid work opportunities and projects that will help them earn a living, sharpen their skills, and become increasingly competitive for full-time placements, additional project assignments and greater earning potential.<br />
  3. 3. Think of it as the “Handy Man (or Woman) Connection” for Creative Services and IT-Related Projects<br />
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  5. 5. vetsourcing.org<br />
  6. 6. Problem Statement<br />Veteran employment is higher than national averages, and trending higher<br />Disabled veterans in particular have multiple barriers to traditional employment<br />Some employers are reluctant to consider veterans due to preconceived notions<br />Military skills are often difficult to translate to civilian careers <br />6<br />
  7. 7. Excerpts from Testimony<br />The numbers are disturbing. <br />Unemployment rate for all veterans remains stubbornly at 9 percent<br />Unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans is roughly 11 percent--higher than the national average.<br />7<br />Statement of Rear Adm. T. L. McCreary, US Navy (Ret.) President of Military.com appearing before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee April 13, 2011<br />
  8. 8. Excerpts from Testimony<br />Young male veterans between the ages of 18 to 24 had an unemployment rate of 21.9 percent in 2010<br />Female veterans face unemployment at a rate of 13.5 percent, versus 8.4 percent for non-veteran women.<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Excerpts from Testimony<br />Post-service employment preparation should be focused on how to enter the civilian job market rather than trying to create stand-alone programs run by the government.<br />It stands to reason that a crucial component in ensuring jobs for those veterans who return to civilian life is leveraging the expertise and involvement of the private sector.<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Tackling the Problem<br />Need to create an effective model (based on OJT, hands-on learning lab) to support transitioning veterans<br />Jobs and careers need to be in sustainable, growth-oriented fields that optimize skills and provide flexibility<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Ecosystem<br />Community partners<br />Veterans service organizations (VSOs)<br />Veterans Affairs (VA)<br />State and local workforce boards<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Assessments<br />Skills Crosswalk<br />Training & Development<br />Project Assignments<br />Freelance Work<br />Direct Placements<br />Veterans Affairs<br />Workforce Partners<br />Veteran Services Organizations (VSO)<br />Disabled Veterans<br />Military Veterans<br />Select Freelancers<br />Creative Services<br />Social Media<br />E-Commerce<br />Internet Services<br />Marketing<br />Communication<br />Project Management<br />Transition Assistance Points<br />Disabled Veteran Outreach Program<br />Wounded Warrior Project<br />The Mission Continues<br />Other Veteran Support Organizations<br />Small- and Mid-Sized Businesses<br />Defense Contractors<br />Other Corporate Partners<br />
  13. 13. How VETsourcing Works<br />Phase 1 - Assessment (SII, NETS-T) and Crosswalking, orientation to VETsourcing [1 week]<br />Phase 2 - Hands on learning "boot camp" and on-the-job training (OJT)<br />Phase 2(a) - Identify and pair with mentor to provide perspective and coaching through the transition<br />Phase 3 - Assignments to client projects and development of professional portfolio<br />Phase 4 - Direct placement or support in establishing solopreneur business<br />13<br />
  14. 14. At a Glance<br />
  15. 15. Job Search 4.0?<br />Job search 1.0 = Help Wanted ads in newspapers<br />Job search 2.0 = Online job boards<br />Job search 3.0 = Social talent communities<br />Job search 4.0 will be “less about finding talent and finding jobs and more about applying skills to the problems existing in any marketplace,” -- Joel Capperella, vice president for Yoh, a Philadelphia-based technology staffing firm.<br />
  16. 16. VETsourcing Services<br />Recommend potential career development based on assessments, crosswalk of skills and experience<br />Identify appropriate training curriculum to support skills development<br />Actively identify projects and tasks to develop skill set, OJT model<br />Match up candidates with mentors who have successfully made the transition from military to civilian careers<br />16<br />
  17. 17. VETsourcing Services (cont’d)<br />Maintain a "mastermind" group as a base of support and networking resource for VETsourcing participants<br />Provide access to technical support and additional cross-functional capabiltiies<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Partnership Model<br />Small to Mid-Sized Businesses requiring support on a variety of social media, creative services and/or technical projects<br />Defense contractors and others with requirement to work with SDVOSBs (3% rule)<br />Institutional education partners, e.g. community colleges and state colleges<br />Technical training entities (e.g., New Horizons, Atomic Learning, Lynda.com)<br />18<br />
  19. 19. Partnership Model (2)<br />Selected online freelancing resources, e.g. Solvate, Guru, etc. for project assignments<br />Could be combined with Ticket to Work if the technical/creative skills are a match with the eligibility criteria of the candidate<br />VSOs for ongoing support and services<br />19<br />
  20. 20. At a Glance<br />VSO<br />Ecosystem<br />VET<br />sourcing<br />JOB<br />Market<br />
  21. 21. What Are the Jobs?<br />Technical<br />Social Media Development<br />Web Development<br />Cloud Resource Management<br />Application Development<br />E-Commerce Development<br />Analytics<br />Creative<br />Graphic Designer<br />Community Manager<br />Copywriter<br />Technical Writer<br />21<br />
  22. 22. What Are the Jobs? <br />Project Management<br />Team Lead<br />Client Liaison<br />Business Development<br />22<br />
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  25. 25. Social Media Job Growth<br />+ 183%<br />
  26. 26. Indeed.com Stats 4/17/11<br />Internet jobs in Florida (about 7,940 jobs).<br />Marketing jobs in Florida (about 20,701 jobs).<br />Online Marketing jobs in Florida (about 3,894 jobs).<br />Blogger jobs in Florida (about 247 jobs).<br />Digital Communications jobs in Florida (about 1,655 jobs).<br />Social Media jobs within 50 miles of Florida (about 1,236 jobs).<br />Social Media jobs in Florida (about 1,236 jobs).<br />
  27. 27. Phase 3<br />Phase 2<br />Phase 1<br />
  28. 28. What Makes Me Qualified?<br />I'm a (disabled) veteran<br />8 years active duty, 1989 – 1997<br />2 combat tours including Iraq<br />6 years reserve duty, 1997 - 2003<br />I’ve been through this in the best of times<br />My team has the experience to make this work and … <br />I've tested this concept: It works<br />28<br />
  29. 29. Discussion<br />
  30. 30. Thank You!<br />

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