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Leveraging Veteran Talent in Registered Apprenticeship

Veterans and transitioning service members possess a wealth of soft and technical skills and professional experience and perform well in demanding scenarios. These strengths make them ideal candidates for employers seeking qualified, diverse talent for their registered apprenticeship programs. Employers and veterans can also access substantial funding and support for apprenticeships through federal and state programs. However, veterans are too often overlooked for apprenticeships.

Please join the Urban Institute for a conversation about the advantages of veteran apprenticeship and ways to access this talent pool. We will introduce a new Urban Institute resource designed to help employers and apprenticeship sponsors hire veteran apprentices, and a service member–moderated discussion on navigating this opportunity and accessing resources will follow. The discussion will feature experts from the US Departments of Veterans Affairs and Labor and a veteran employer and sponsor of a registered apprenticeship program.



  • Matthew Eldridge, Policy Program Manager, Research to Action Lab, Urban Institute
  • Diana Elliott, Principal Research Associate, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute
  • Janice Fisher, Chief of Agreements and Federal Programs, Veterans Benefits Administration, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Courtney H. Jackson, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Paragon Cyber Solutions LLC
  • Meg O’Grady, National Veterans’ Employment Manager, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, US Department of Labor
  • Michael Pruitt, SkillBridge Intern, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute (moderator)


Support for this event was provided by the US Department of Labor. The views expressed should not be attributed to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders. For more on Urban’s funding policies, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

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Date & Time Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Senior Policy Program Manager
  • Senior Fellow, Research