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Colorado Organizations Share Strategies and Recruiting Tools to Help Businesses Find Skilled Military Veteran Workers
As more and more soldiers transition from the armed forces to the private sector, businesses are committed to putting those experienced military veterans to work. Employers and service members benefit as the demand increases for disciplined and skilled workers.
The training event, “Why Hire a Veteran: Value a Veteran Brings to Your Company”, was held on February 26, 2015.
Three Colorado organizations teamed up to encourage local companies and nonprofits to hire veterans: The Pikes Peak Workforce Center partnered with the Small Business Development Center and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center to host the day-long event.
Attending employers learned recruiting tools and company strategies to maximize veteran hiring best practices.
Attendees learned strategies to help companies develop the right network and community partners to locate highly qualified and educated, job-ready veterans
“We plan to share these ideas with our employers. They may not know of our military veteran vocational training,” said Joanie Johnston, Career Services manager for IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs.
“We [IntelliTec] have a number of students who fall into these categories. Knowing and sharing the resources available to them will help us better assist both our employers and students/graduates,” explained Johnston.
Johnston would like to see even more companies turning to IntelliTec College as one of those resources where job-training programs for military veterans prepares them for the civilian workforce.
Workshops and breakout sessions included updated rules and guidelines for affirmative action and compliance regulations, understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and how hiring citizen soldiers/guardsmen or reservists makes good business sense.
Veterans Bring Valuable Skills and Experience From Their Military Service to the Workforce
By leveraging the continuing education and/or certifications many veterans already maintain, employers can save training dollars. The level of education and training that veteran job seekers possess continues to develop once veterans are in the civilian workforce, which further benefits employers.
Darlene Michaelis, Career Services Advisor for IntelliTec College, shared, “Because IntelliTec is a designated Military Friendly School, we have particular insight into the benefits of hiring these individuals. We have job training programs designed to align with our military veterans skill sets; hands-on learning and training, reporting, decision-making, and critical thinking. These skills transfer well into the civilian workforce.”
According to Forbes.com, American war veterans are more than good employees; they’re some of the very best. Business leaders interviewed for the report share primary reasons why veterans tend to stand out as first-rate employees. Many of those reasons are linked directly to a veteran’s experience during military service.
- Vets offer versatility because they’re accustomed to structure and well-established policies, while being able to adapt to dynamic workplace situations.
- Vets assert leadership and teamwork skills that outperform those of their civilian counterparts
- Vets are often more loyal. They commit to the organizations they work for, which can mean a longer tenure with a company.
Jobs Requiring a Postsecondary Education Now Comprise About Half of All U.S. Jobs
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that professional and related occupations and service occupations are expected to create more new jobs than all other occupational groups from 2008 to 2018. Of the occupations requiring postsecondary education, those requiring an associate degree are projected to grow the fastest, at about 19%.
IntelliTec College recognizes the need for vocational training programs for military veterans, and offers a number of degree and training programs that best align with the strengths and skill sets that veterans bring to a company. As veterans enter the workforce with new skills and training that aligns with their military training, companies are recognizing hiring veterans is simply smart business.
About IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs
IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs offers hands-on career training in Automotive Technician, Biomedical Equipment Technician, Computer Network Systems Technician, Personal Trainer, Medical Assistant, and Refrigeration & HVAC Technician, with associate degree (occupational) programs. Request more information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 719-373-1690.
Darlene Michaelis, Career Services Advisor, IntelliTec College, 23 Feb. 2015
Joanie Johnston, Career Services Manager, IntelliTec College, 22 Feb. 2015
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