ODVS Workforce Teams Help Business Employ Veterans

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

(Columbus) – The pandemic has had a profound impact on the economy, and Ohio veterans bring unique talents and experience to the workplace. One of Ohio Department of Veterans Services’s most important endeavors is to connect businesses across the state with veterans by training them on military culture, the value of hiring veterans, and ways to identify, incentivize, and retain them through the guidance of the ODVS Veterans Workforce Team. 

This highly important aspect of the department was created in October 2016.

The ODVS Veterans Workforce Team uses workforce consultants to engage and provide guidance to many of Ohio’s more than 7,000 veteran-friendly employers. The team covers all 88 Ohio counties and provides direct services to employers seeking assistance in connecting with the veteran workforce system through OhioMeansJobs.com and in developing culturally competent veteran recruiting and retention strategies.


Since its inception, the team has contacted more than 17,000 employers and conducted 300 separate training sessions with more than 2,400 employers in attendance. Nine different training sessions – which are all accredited by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – were conducted virtually in FY2021, but the Workforce Team still improved on its reach and continued to join forces with partners such as OhioMeansJobs, the Ohio National Guard, JobsOhio, Hiring Our Heroes, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, and Chambers of Commerce from across the state.

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