The result is the same whether we term it “reskilling” or “upskilling.” The procedure is taking an existing employee from a declining sector or professional field and teaching them the skills needed to work in a growing industry or field. This means that the person can advance in their field without having to take lengthy and often expensive college or university courses.
How Can Veterans Get the Same ‘Reskilling’ Training As Civilians?
Intellectual Point is an information technology training and workforce development organization situated in Northern Virginia that offers reskilling training and certifications to people wishing to change careers. To accomplish so, it uses in-person and virtual training classes to certify those seeking certification in today’s most in-demand IT vocations, such as Python, Blockchain, and ethical hacking, to name a few.
Anyone who meets the program’s prerequisites and can attend classes, either online or in person, is eligible for this training. After finishing its training, Intellectual Point is now looking to assist its veteran graduates in finding meaningful jobs. Separated veterans will find Intellectual Point to be an excellent resource for reskilling. The Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses for Training Providers (VET TEC) and Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) programs, both of which pay for the veterans’ training at Intellectual Point, have approved the company.
Veterans studying at Intellectual Point can also participate in the Defense Department’s SkillBridge program, which allows military members to complete training courses while still getting full pay and benefits during their final 180 days of duty. The Army and Air Force have also approved Intellectual Point for COOL financing. After completing a training and certification course, the Office of Veteran Services at Intellectual Point will assist veterans with their updated resume, LinkedIn profile, and (if possible) job placement through its corporate partners. “With so many options accessible to veterans, it can be difficult to know where to start,” says Lindsay King, director of veteran services at Intellectual Point. “What we attempt to do is form partnerships so that we can connect specific veteran grads to the resources and opportunities that are right for them.”
King has extensive expertise working in higher education, particularly with veterans. She’s worked as a military specialist at the American Council on Education and as a veterans admissions officer at a few different educational institutions. “After they complete our program, we want them to be able to find meaningful work,” she says. “Whether it’s a transitioning military member or someone who’s coming to us from a dying industry, the majority of our student population is transitioning. As a result, we’ve made every effort to establish a comprehensive support system. We are not attempting to manufacture graduates; rather, we are attempting to help people achieve their overall aim of increased employment.”
Everyone who wants to be an Intellectual Point student must first submit a CV, whether or not they are presently employed, so that the program can evaluate their best job options. Following that, the veteran will meet with one of the company’s career counselors to discuss their specific interests and aspirations and select the best course of action. King explains, “It’s about offering that extra ‘white glove’ walkthrough, if you will.” “Once we’ve decided on a program or career route for them, they’ll go through the training, get their certificates, and meet with a career services professional who will help them connect with opportunities.”