On August 5th 2011, President Obama announced a comprehensive plan to lower veterans’ unemployment and to ensure that service members leave the military career-ready. The announcement included several initiatives including the creation of a suite of Gold Card services for veterans. The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today’s job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) and is available starting November 7th 2011.
An eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at his/her local One-Stop Career Center to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months of follow-up. The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders at local One-Stop Career Centers may include:
– Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing;
– Development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP);
– Career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps veterans
in making training and career decisions;
– Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability
information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions;
– Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings;
– Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
– Referral to training by WIA-funded or third party service providers; and
– Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.
How to Access Gold Card Services?
Information about Gold Card Services can be found at www.dol.gov/vets/goldcard.html .
Locate your nearest One Stop Career Center by going to America’s Service Locator www.servicelocator.org or by calling Toll-Free 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627).
Once a One-Stop Career Center has been located, go there and present the Gold Card.