In Washington, a new initiative has been announced, with some of the nation’s leading manufacturing companies getting behind the new program that will help veterans gain the skills necessary to fill some of the estimated 600,000 high-tech, manufacturing jobs that remain open because employers can’t find qualified applicants, AP reported.
The program will initially be offered in 10 cities, with manufacturers set to work with local community and technology colleges to offer training, placing veterans on a fast track to obtaining certification in such areas as electronics, welding and machining.
A guide is currently being developed by General Electric and Military Families at Syracuse University to help employers more effectively recruit and mentor veterans. The guide will be made available to those companies participating in the program by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House to help 100,000 veterans and their spouses obtain work by 2014.
Reuters revealed, General Electric Co, Alcoa Inc, Boeing Co and Lockheed-Martin Corp said they would provide financial support to the “Get Skills to Work Coalition.” It will initially aim to train 15,000 veterans, who will be hired by the four companies or matched to other jobs. Positions will be listed on LinkedIn.
The group will be managed by the Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers trade group.
Reuters reported, approximately 600,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States have gone unfilled due to companies unable to find workers with the right skills to work in high-tech, high-speed modern factory environments, according to a study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte.