Employment Readiness News
Story by: ERP Staff
The Army is full of programs to help Soldiers and Family Members. But did you know there’s a program that provides local employment opportunities right here on Fort Riley? A program that assists in resume writing? And provides classes for professional growth? Did you know this program can be found at Army Community Service (ACS)?
The Employment Readiness Program (ERP)is the best kept secret in the Army. Due to growing concerns regarding Family member employment mentioned at every Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) since 1983. Thereafter, the ERP was established in 1985. ERP, back then known as Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP) was modeled after a 1982 volunteer organization called Education and Employment Resource Center (EERC) that was established by local Army wives to meet the needs of spousal education and employment at Fort Belvoir, VA.
The AFAP III initiative mandated that a program be developed to provide employment information at each new duty station for Family members PCS’ing with their Soldiers. Effective October 1, 1986, employment information was available at ACS and thus employment readiness assistance became one of the basic services provided by ACS. When the ERP program was initially established its primary goal was to specifically assist Family members. However over the years the program has expanded and evolved to offer the complete employment assistance services to active duty members, DA civilian employees, spouses, retirees, surviving spouses and their Family, including children.
The ERP program has grown to become a one stop shop designed to assist with all professional employment assistance needs for Family Members and Soldiers. ERP services are available at 95 Army installations worldwide. Their services include assistance in resume development, job search, work at home opportunities, interview preparation, job application assistance and much more. There are many classes available such as Federal Job Applications for both NAF and AF positions, and big employment events such as job fairs.
The Employment Readiness Program’s hours of operation are Monday - Thursday 7:45am - 5:15pm and Friday 7:45am - 4:15pm. ACS is closed on federal holidays. We are located at ACS, 7264 Normandy Drive. Please call and make your appointment today to get started down the path to success. Our phone number is 785-239-9435. Ask to speak with someone in "ERP"!