With 34,000 troops expected to return to the U.S. by 2014, manufacturers across the nation are ramping up efforts to give back to the veteran community — by helping them ease back into civilian jobs.
Strategies to connect veterans to advanced manufacturing jobs are moving beyond job postings and meet-and-greet hiring events. The newest emerging efforts include specialized technology training to help solve two key challenges at a fast pace: reintegrating thousands of ex-servicemen and women into civilian life and filling the shortage of high-skilled jobs across the industry.
As thousands of veterans transition from combat to civilian life, many will require assistance in securing new careers. Manufacturers looking to hire ex-servicemen and servicewomen will need ways to expedite their hiring process to fill legions of open positions. This month, The Manufacturing Institute announced several manufacturing-specific hiring events that will connect pre-screened veteran candidates with employers, in an effort to close the widely reported labor skills gap.
On April 29, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new public- private partnership that will provide the opportunity for thousands of service members to get credentials for high demand IT jobs before they leave military service. Read more
With approximately 34,000 U.S. troops set to return from Afghanistan by 2014, scores of veterans will soon be on the hunt for civilian jobs. While unemployment for recent veterans fell last year, other reports paint a different picture for women veterans, who are struggling to find jobs that match their skills. Read more
Military veterans returning to the civilian workforce face unique barriers to job prospects. Here we look at the particularly high unemployment rates among individuals returning from wartime service relative to the rest of the labor force, as well as various efforts to connect hiring companies with job-seeking vets. Read more
For military veterans, a successful transition to a civilian career starts at the recruitment stage. The challenge for many companies is to create a plan to recruit the best qualified candidates. IMT Career Journal asked career consultants what they think corporations are doing right and where there is room for military recruitment improvement. Read more