Washington, DC, -  The Manufacturing Institute and its Get Skills to Work initiative earned a featured place in the first guidebook on effective veterans programs published by the Philanthropy Roundtable, a network of charitable donors including individual philanthropists, families, and private foundations.

The book, Serving Those Who Served: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Assisting Veterans and Military Families, dedicates an entire chapter to Get Skills to Work, which is a partnership between The Manufacturing Institute and companies including GE, Alcoa, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.

The guidebook was released on May 7 at a roundtable for donors co-sponsored by the Council on Foundations, George W. Bush Institute, and the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. Brent Weil, Senior Vice President of the Manufacturing Institute, was a featured speaker, as was Rebecca Edwards, Director of Employee Communications at GE.

Get Skills to Work is helping veterans translate military experience to corresponding advanced manufacturing opportunities and gain the technical skills needed to qualify for manufacturing careers. The project includes a Military Manufacturing Badge to value military training and experience, and accelerated training to help veterans earn industry certifications valued by manufacturers.

“By adapting existing programs [such as the Institute’s Right Skills Now training model] to serve veterans rather than building new ones from scratch, GE was able to be effective quickly,” the guidebook advises. “Veterans looking for good jobs right now can be grateful for those good practical decisions.”
 
Learn more about the Get Skills to Work initiative.

Download Serving Those Who Served.

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