With hundreds of thousands of open
manufacturing jobs, veterans are a great choice
for the in-demand, high-skilled careers
that manufacturers have to offer.

More than 80 percent of manufacturers report they cannot find people to fill their skilled production jobs. Meanwhile thousands of service men and women return home each month, possessing not only an unmatched work ethic but also rigorous technical training and experience. The Manufacturing Institute joined GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa and other partners to launch the Get Skills to Work coalition. The coalitions aims to train military veterans for advanced manufacturing careers, bolster the talent pipeline and enhance American competitiveness.

Get Skills to Work is helping our service members translate military experience to the specific skills needed in the industry, and train for the skills they do not yet have.

With over 500 small-, medium-, and large-sized manufacturers, including Boeing and Lockheed Martin, along with academic and not-for-profit partners, the coalition has issues a goal to reach 100,000 veterans by 2015.

Get Skills to Work has two key goals: (1) matching veterans’ skills to civilian job responsibilities to support direct hire into manufacturing, and (2) accelerated training so veterans can quickly up-skill and be prepared for manufacturing careers. Not only will this initiative give new opportunity to our heroes returning from active duty, but it will also support the skilled workforce needed in today’s advanced manufacturing industry.

How It Works
Get Skills to Work is designed to help employers understand the skills veterans possess and create opportunities to improve those skills when necessary. There are several methods that can help you translate the military experience veterans already have, and the skills they are obtaining, into the positions you need filled.

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