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EDD awards $4.9 million to organizations to provide job opportunities and training for veterans

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced today it has awarded $4.9 million in Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program (VEAP) grants for 11 organizations in 13 counties that will help veterans find jobs.

“These grants will help connect our veterans with services, training, skills assessment, and job placement across California,” said EDD Director Rita Saenz.

These grant recipients provide veterans with access to employment opportunities, while supplying high-growth industries with dedicated and highly skilled applicants for fields such as: advanced manufacturing, construction, educational and health services, logistics and transportation, aerospace, and information technology.

The funds will be used for multiple programs including: career counseling, training, credentialing, apprenticeships, paid work experience, on-the-job training, job placement assistance, and follow-up and retention services. Grantees will also be using an intensive client-centered case management approach to evaluate the need for, and provision of, resources such as: access to technology for distance learning, housing assistance, child care, mental health care, and a wide range of other supportive services.

Funding for this grant was provided through discretionary funds made available to Governor Gavin Newsom, in accordance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and administered by the EDD and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

These organizations were selected through a competitive selection process.

This article was released by the California Employment Development Department.