By Steve Jordon, Executive Director, NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative, and Rick Ferry, Regional Program Manager, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program| July 2018
Original Article Posted on THE VOICE OF TECHNOLOGY
Greater Washington, D.C. is the second largest region in the country for employers seeking IT workers
As the demand for tech talent expands exponentially from entry level to senior management positions, organizations are becoming more creative in sourcing and retaining skilled talent through channels like internships, apprenticeships and engaging with high school STEM students. Now more than ever, companies are tapping into the pool of more than 300,000 Veterans transitioning out of the military every year to fill positions. With their strong leadership, communication and technical skills, Veterans are strong candidates for roles in the technology sector.
Since 2013, the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) has provided support to NVTC member companies in their efforts to recruit, hire, train and retain qualified Veteran and military spouse talent. At the same time, the VEI also connects Veterans and military spouses to employment and career mentoring opportunities in the region.