Easing transition for veterans entering civilian workforce

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A survey of veterans is underway in Pennsylvania to make it easier to transfer military skills to the civilian workforce, and the information will be used to streamline the careers that require that require licenses. 

There are 130 licensed professions in Pennsylvania, and 29 boards and commissions that govern them. Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says when veterans leave the military, converting their skills into civilian terms is a challenge.

“One of the things that we’re looking to do is, in effect, develop a vocabulary, a shared vocabulary, which we’re describing as an ‘occupational crosswalk’ for veterans and active military members to convert the language that’s used in military requirements to the civilian profession,” she explained. 

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. 

Information will be gathered through Nov. 11, 2020. 

Related: New low-income veterans housing honors residents and those lost in Vietnam

The survey and crosswalk are part of a $422,000 grant secured through the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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