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Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)


VRAP helps connect veterans with jobs through training support and employment assistance. It supports the men and women who served our country at a time when they are making an important transition in their lives — a move to a new career.

This site provides information and tools to fulfill the requirements of VRAP under the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 for those practitioners of the public workforce system who support veterans in making this transition.

The VOW to Hire Heroes Act established the VRAP for unemployed Veterans aged 35 to 60 to provide eligible Veterans with up to 12 months of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-funded retraining assistance to pursue an associate degree or certificate in a high-demand occupation. VRAP is designed to provide eligible veterans with up to one year of retraining assistance for jobs in high-demand sectors, from trucking to technology.

The program may enroll up to 45,000 veterans in Fiscal Year 2012, beginning July 1, 2012, and up to 54,000 veterans from October 1, 2012 through October 1, 2013, with training to be concluded by March 31, 2014.

The Department of Labor (DOL) is responsible for determining applicantsÕ initial eligibility based on age, employment status, and previous participation in other job training programs. DOL and the VA work in partnership to support outreach to eligible veterans in addition to supporting veterans throughout and following their participation in VRAP. DOL and the public workforce system are responsible for offering employment services to VRAP participants once they complete or terminate the program.



Resources


  • Training and Employment Notice 13-15 Updated
    TEN 13-15 -- Update on the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs Gold Standard Evaluation and Announcement of the Availability of a New Research Report: Providing Services to Veterans through the Public Workforce System: Findings from the WIA Gold Standard Evaluation, Volume I and II has been added to the ETA Advisory database and is now available at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=4310.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics August 2015 Employment Data
    As with the first Friday of each month, the BLS employment statistics were released today. Attached is our ‘cheat sheet’ for your use and information. The national unemployment rate decreased from 5.3% to 5.1% and the Veteran unemployment numbers decreased from 4.7% to 4.2%. Thanks to all of you who are working directly or indirectly, to ensure our Veterans have meaningful employment.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for LVERs
    A list of frequently asked questions for LVERs regarding job duties and responsibilities.
  • LVER Frequently Asked Questions & Comments
    A list of frequently asked questions regarding the duties and allowable activities for LVERs.
  • Webinar on Tracking and Reporting VRAP Outcomes – June 27, 2013 - Transcript
  • Webinar on Tracking and Reporting VRAP Outcomes – June 27, 2013
    DOL collaborated with Social Research Policy Associates (SPRA) in producing this webinar on roles and responsibilities of the public workforce system in tracking and reporting VRAP outcomes. Included in the webinar: - General information about VRAP - VRAP Tools: Veterans’ Priority website, TEGL 8-12, Change 1, and Tutorial - Questions and Answers Section Please click “View Page Now” on the right side of the page to view the webinar.
  • Webinar on Tracking and Reporting VRAP Outcomes – June 24, 2013
    DOL collaborated with Social Research Policy Associates in producing this webinar on roles and responsibilities of the public workforce system in tracking and reporting VRAP outcomes. Included in the webinar: - General information about VRAP - VRAP Tools: Veterans’ Priority website, TEGL 8-12, Change 1, and Tutorial - Questions and Answers Section Please click “View Page Now” on the right side of the page to view the webinar.
  • Tutorial on Tracking and Reporting VRAP Outcomes
    This tutorial was produced in collaboration with Social Research Policy Associates (SPRA) as a companion to the Webinar on Tracking and Reporting VRAP Outcomes. It is a three-part self-guided online tutorial on the roles and responsibilities of the public workforce system in tracking and reporting outcomes of VRAP.
  • Secure File Transfer Protocol (sFTP) - Software 1

    The exiter reports now being received via email will be disseminated via an sFTP site. As stated in TEGL 8-12, each state will have to use sFTP client software to access the participant data file. If a state does not already have access, free sFTP software is available.

    Please click “View Page Now” on the right side of the page to access a link to free sFTP software. We also encourage you to provide Feedback for if this Link was useful to you.

    For further instruction and information, please refer to Attachment A in TEGL 8-12.

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol (sFTP) – Software 2

    The exiter reports now being received via email will be disseminated via an sFTP site. As stated in TEGL 8-12, each state will have to use sFTP client software to access the participant data file. If a state does not already have access, free sFTP software is available.

    Please click “View Page Now” on the right side of the page to access a link to free sFTP software. We also encourage you to provide Feedback for if this Link was useful to you.

    For further instruction and information, please refer to Attachment A in TEGL 8-12.

  • VRAP High-Demand Occupations

    One of the requirements of VRAP is to participate in training programs for “high demand” occupations. The “high demand” occupations list is a national list, as determined by ETA, using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Please click “View Page Now” on the right side of the page to access the full list of “high demand” occupations. We also encourage you to provide Feedback for if this Link was useful to you.

  • Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) Overview (Webinar Recording)

    The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and Veterans’ Employment and Training Service will be hosting a Webinar on the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). The Webinar will provide an overview of VRAP, including: eligibility requirements, a discussion of the high-demand occupations in which participants may receive training, and a walkthrough of the online application process by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs will begin collecting applications for VRAP on May 15, 2012 and this Webinar will help staff assist veterans in applying for the program.

    Please click “View Page Now” on the right side of the page to access the Overview of VRAP webinar. We also encourage you to provide Feedback for if this Link was useful to you.

  • VOW to Hire Heroes Act
    The VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides seamless transition for Servicemembers, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities. Please click on "View Page Now" to visit the VOW to Hire Heroes Act website.
  • DOL Policy Guidance
    Employment and Training Administration’s Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGL) 8-12, “Summary of the Roles and Responsibilities of the Public Workforce System in Tracking, Offering Employment Services, and Reporting Outcomes of Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) Participants.” Employment and Training Administration’s Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 43-11, “Overview of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), section 211 of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011,”
  • General Information

    Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. The Act provides seamless transition for Servicemembers, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

    Please click “View Page Now” on the right side of the page to find out more information on the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 and VRAP. We also encourage you to provide Feedback for if this Link was useful to you.