The Warriors to Workforce (W2W) Program
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Warriors to Workforce Program (W2W) is a 10 month program that offers Veterans an opportunity to transition into a new career in the federal government by applying their military skills and experiences to the Contract Specialist field. The program focuses on transitional support, mentoring, professional development, and foundational career training activities. Interns complete the program as a cohort, fortified by a built-in support system that mirrors the team environment and camaraderie that they experienced in the military. These relationships create a foundation for a lasting professional network throughout their career. After successful completion of the program, interns advance to the two-year Acquisition Intern Program (AIP) which equips them with the skills and experiences they need to become full-time Contract Specialists. Through the W2W and AIP programs, Veterans are taught in-demand skills and competencies which allows them to continue serving their country as civil servants.
W2W Program Highlights
Interns are hired asa GS-5 federal government employees. The curriculum includes four main components; Business Education, Professional Development, Peak Performance Training and Mission Service. The Business Education component provides the necessary college credits to meet the positive education requirements to enter the Contract Specialist (1102) career field as well as the foundational knowledge to thrive professionally.
Interns who successfully complete the W2W Program are converted to GS-7 Contract Specialists and matriculate to the AIP where they learn the essential technical and professional competencies for contracting professionals (including the requisite training for both the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) and Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Levels I and II Certification) in an experiential learning environment with real-world work scenarios. Upon successful completion of the AIP, interns are strategically infused into the Acquisition workforce to meet the needs of federal contracting organization throughout the country.
W2W Training Overview
The W2W Program is the first training and development program of its kind for the acquisition workforce. The W2W training model consists of one transitional year of W2W followed by 22 months in the Acquisition Internship Program (AIP). Our Year 1 program design shortens the learning curve and provides a career roadmap for our Wounded Warriors. During Year 1, W2W program participants complete college level business education courses through an accredited institution.
To date, our W2W transitional year 1 curriculum has served as a foundation to our 2-year Acquisition Intern Program (AIP) and Program Management Fellows Programs.
After successfully completing year one and 1102 positive educational requirements, W2W interns transition into the AIP two-year track. This training provides injured Veteran interns with the training and education to qualify for Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Levels I and II, and prepares them to become trusted business partners capable of exercising sound business judgment to achieve best value solutions that serve the Veteran.
The Program Components
|Business Education (BUS)||Instructor led college business credits from an accredited institution, can be customized from specific career paths|
|Professional Development (PROF)||General business and foundational classroom and online training, to include business professionalism, coaching & mentoring|
|Peak Performance Training (PPT)||Highly intensive, customized workshops to include one on one and group sessions with highly trained professionals focused on enhancing performance|
|Mission Service & Industry Experience||Throughout the program, interns participate in Mission Service events to connect with the VA’s mission and Industry Offsite trips to gain an understanding of industry partners|
Candidates for the program must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) with little to no post-secondary education (i.e. no bachelor’s degree and with minimum business credits). Further, candidates must meet the following qualifications to be hired utilizing the Veteran’s Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority. If they:
- are in receipt of a campaign badge for service during a war or in a campaign or expedition; OR
- are a disabled veteran, OR
- are in receipt of an Armed forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation, OR
- are a recently separated veteran (within the last 3 years) AND
- separated under honorable conditions (this means is honorable or general discharge), you are VRA eligible.
Condition of Employment
- Flexibility to move for training in Frederick MD, and for final placement at a VA contracting organization within the U.S.
- Must sign a Continuing Service Agreement (CSA).
- Must sign a Mobility Statement.
Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.