The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today authorized the allocation of $144,000 in federal grant funds to cover job training for eight unemployed veterans.
The county's Community Action Partnership is administering the "Veterans Employment Training" -- or VET -- program, which is geared to former service members who have recently left the military and are encountering difficulties establishing themselves in the labor market.
Vets from each of the five supervisorial districts will be selected to participate and will be eligible for hourly paid training -- up to 40 hours a week -- as well as assistance with preparing for interviews and composing resumes, help finding affordable housing, child daycare and healthcare services, according to CAP.
The agency is seeking to sign up area businesses willing to provide on-the-job training to the program participants, with expenses reimbursed through the grant funds. Prospective employers have until Sept. 30 to apply.
Unemployment among former members of the U.S. Armed Forces is upwards of
25 percent, according to county officials.
More information is available at the CAP website,
http://www.capriverside.org/, or by calling the agency at (951) 955-4900.