Wednesday, August 15, 2012

TAP Gets an Overhaul

In addition to summarizing the Administration’s efforts on behalf of veteran employment last month, the White House also released a fact sheet detailing the redesigned Transition Assistance Program. The Transition GPS, developed by the Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force, will be implemented by the end of 2013 and will do the following: 
  • Extend the transition program period from 3 days to 5-7 days.
  • Strengthen, standardize, and expand counseling and guidance for service members before leaving the military.
  • Transform the military’s approach to education, training, and credentialing for service members. 
Specifically, Transition GPS will include the following:
  • Pre-Separation Assessment and Individual Counseling: Separating service members will have individual counseling to discuss their career goals and start their transition process. Subsequently, members will have a needs and goals assessment coupled with a counseling session about benefits, resources, and available assistance across a wide scope of military separation topics. Each service member will develop an Individual Transition Plan that documents his or her personal transition, as well as the deliverables he or she must attain to meet the new transition program’s Career Readiness Standards.
  • 5-Day Core Curriculum: This curriculum will include a financial planning seminar, a workshop offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs on available veterans’ benefits and services, and a re-designed employment workshop offered by the Department of Labor. Transitioning service members will also undertake a Military Occupational Code Crosswalk to translate their military skills, training, and experience into civilian occupations, credentials, and employment.  An Individual Transition Plan session will allow Members to seek guidance from subject matter experts, identify career goals, and develop a roadmap for their transition.   
  • Career-Specific Additional Curriculum: Transitioning service members will also have the option of participating in a series of two day tailored tracks within the Transition GPS curriculum: (1) an Education track, for those pursuing a higher education degree; (2) a Technical and Skills Training track, for those seeking job-ready skills and industry-recognized credentials in shorter-term training programs; and (3) an Entrepreneurship track, for those wanting to start a business.
  • CAPSTONE Event: A CAPSTONE event will verify that transitioning service members completed the Transition GPS curriculum and achieved Career Readiness Standards.  Service members who require additional assistance will be referred to supplemental training opportunities. In addition, through the CAPSTONE event, all service members will be offered a ‘warm handover’ to appropriate government agencies and organizations that will be able to provide them continued benefits, services, and support as veterans.
  • Military Life Cycle Transition Model: Under this new model, career readiness and transition preparation will be incorporated earlier into a service member’s career to ensure that the counseling, assessments, and access to resources to build skills or credentials occur at earlier stages of a service member’s military tenure.
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