A recent, monumental announcement was made by a large coalition of construction employers and associations to hire 100,000 military veterans over the next five years. The executives of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Services (NAHETS) applaud this announcement and are intrigued by what it means for the industry.
The announcement was made at the recent Veterans’ Employment in Construction symposium. The White House, First Lady Michele Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and others are helping to spearhead the initiative.
“More than 100 American construction companies came together to announce that they plan to hire more than 100,000 veterans within the next five years,” wrote First Lady Michelle Obama in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “Not just because it’s the patriotic thing to do, and not just because they want to repay our veterans for their service to our country, but because they know that it’s the smart thing to do for their business.”
NAHETS has long been a supporter of the military and our member schools are approved for VA Education Benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the governmental agency responsible for determining eligibility for VA education benefits and for authorizing payment for the benefits, and our staff works closely with students to facilitate this process.
NAHETS also works with companies to implement training for active military and veterans, and as with all of our programs, custom training classes and solutions can be implemented to assist the military because we understand the unique challenges that military personnel can face when trying to attend school.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that construction is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, with job growth of more than 1.5 million jobs between now and 2022 — an annual growth rate of 2.6%. The growth of the construction industry is set to out-pace the overall economy and hiring such a large amount of veterans could be a jump start to the economy as the veterans assimilate into the business sector and public life from their military service.
A diverse group of construction companies like Jacobs, Bechtel, and Cianbro Construction in addition to local contractors and subcontractors are stepping up to ensure the industry offers veterans good-paying jobs. In all, more than 80 companies have committed to train and hire veterans.
NAHETS stands ready to assist our military and the companies who hire veterans and are looking to establish the best training practices.
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