General Electric Co. and the Manufacturing Institute announced that 190 new manufacturers have joined the Get Skills to Work program
in recent months.
GE and the Manufacturing Institute—along with Alcoa Inc., Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.—launched the program in October 2012 to create more career opportunities in advanced manufacturing for U.S. veterans.
The coalition noted that many of the new members are small and midsize manufacturers, which often face a shortage of skilled workers.
"The companies will receive access to online resources to help connect them with veterans who possess skills important to manufacturers," the coalition said in a news release. "These tools include LinkedIn and the U.S. Manufacturing Pipeline, which showcases digital 'military manufacturing badges' for veterans with experience in welding, machining, logistics and other key high-demand occupations."
Companies participating in the program will have their job openings appear on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Fast Track program
, the coalition noted.
The coalition also announced an additional 1,000 training slots for veterans at TechShop, a membership-based do-it-yourself workshop and prototyping studio that supports both advanced-manufacturing skills and entrepreneurism.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation has linked its partnership with TechShop by joining the Get Skills to Work coalition.
The aforementioned announcements were made at the GE Veterans Network National Summit, which was established to bring greater visibility to GE's veterans and highlight what the private sector can do to support U.S. veterans.
"More than a million service members will be transitioning out of the military over the next five years, providing employers and our country with candidates who bring technical proficiency and leadership," GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said in a news release.
"So hiring veterans makes good business sense. Through Get Skills to Work, GE is proud to work with fellow manufacturers and employers to train veterans in advanced manufacturing and help connect them to jobs. Ultimately, we can help veterans and drive the economic recovery."
While it's been estimated that there are some 600,000 job openings in manufacturing, a recent report by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families
indicates that there are 1.9 million unemployed veterans nationwide and more than 69 percent of veterans cite "finding a job" as the greatest challenge to transitioning back to the civilian world.
The coalition has stated that it aims to help 100,000 veterans find manufacturing jobs by 2015.