Veterans find new opportunities in manufacturing sector

Posted by LDonia on 11/15/2012

Earlier this week,the United States took time to celebrate and honor its veterans.

A recently announced, new program does more than simply honor veterans, it gives them an opportunity to launch a career in manufacturing where they can use some of the skills they honed while serving in the military.

According to the Daily Beast:

It turns out that many companies are looking, with great success, at veterans like Lionel, both those just transitioning back to civilian life and those who have made that transition but are still looking for meaningful work. That is why the Manufacturing Institute, companies like GE, Alcoa, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, community colleges, veterans organizations, and others are launching a coalition to bolster the manufacturing talent pipeline by training veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing.

The coalition also affords veterans the opportunity to train for positions where their skills might not yet be a perfect match.  By assessing their existing skills against the ones required for manufacturing jobs, help employers can “effectively recruit, support, and mentor veterans in the civilian workforce.”

As part of its National Manufacturing Strategy, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) has stressed the importance of technical and vocational training and education as a means for to revitalize America's manufacturing sector. This program takes a helpful step in that direction.

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