WASHINGTON, -  Today, The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with Alcoa Foundation and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, hosted an Employment Workshop Breakfast on sourcing, hiring and retaining veterans as part of the Hiring our Heroes veterans job fair.

Manufacturers heard remarks on the Tennessee manufacturing industry and the importance of hiring veterans from Catherine Glover, president, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry/Tennessee Manufacturers Association; Tom Humphries, Knox County Veterans Service Officer; Dwight Murphy, director, Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville; and Brent Weil, senior vice president, The Manufacturing Institute.

Attendees learned about the resources available to place veterans, as well as how to connect with veterans with manufacturing skills training. They also learned about national veterans and hiring efforts, including the Get Skills to Work initiative. Companies were urged to use unique resources offered supporting veterans, such as the National Resource Directory, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Online Veterans Employment Center and more. The event also highlighted the fast-track training for veterans at local community colleges.

The breakfast and hiring fair took place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street, Knoxville, Tenn.

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