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Hiring Veterans

In 2020, nine percent of apprentices in Utah were veterans. As part of its ongoing efforts to diversify the apprenticeship talent pool, the Utah Apprenticeship Network hopes to increase that number by actively promoting and encouraging the hiring of veterans. 

Veterans provide valuable skills to any apprenticeship program with their critical thinking and problem solving, strong work ethic, leadership skills and resiliency. If you currently have a registered apprenticeship program for your business, consider becoming a veteran-ready organization which will authorize you to accept GI Bill benefits. This will allow you to attract veterans to your apprenticeship program and can offset the cost of apprenticeship. Veterans can use their GI Bill benefits for:

  • Tuition and fee payments
  • Tax-free monthly housing allowance
  • Stipend for books and supplies 

To gain your GI Bill authorization, visit Utah Veteran Affairs  and fill out the “OJT and Apprenticeship application.” The application asks for information about the proposed apprenticeship program, wages, hours in the work week as well as company information. After the application is submitted you will be contacted within 30 calendar days to schedule a facility inspection.

Upon approval, Registered Apprenticeship sponsors are encouraged to promote their apprenticeships as Approved for the GI Bill to inform veterans about their eligibility for benefits as an apprentice with their organization.

Is your organization veteran-ready?

  • Establish keys to effectively screen veteran resumes and interview veteran candidates
  • Develop programs or policies to recruit, onboard and integrate veteran hires
  • Leverage resources, organizations and programs to support the engagement, development and retention of your veterans
  • Dedicate human resources professionals or initiatives to support veterans within your organization

For additional services and programs to help veterans and spouses transition from the military to civilian workforce, click the button below.

Veteran & Military Employment Services