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Organizations like the Manufacturing Institute have long served the industry’s interests by growing and supporting skilled workers “for the advancement of modern manufacturing.” And one of the best ways they do that is by building bridges.
As we honor the nation’s service members this Veterans Day, consider some of the support we see from Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America program; an initiative designed to help returning service members find rewarding careers in manufacturing.
The Heroes MAKE America program accomplishes this in a variety of ways. They offer integrated certification programs, along with “career-readiness training” in concert with local community colleges. They also host hiring resources and share career openings on their website, as well as offer employers ways to better engage with and support veterans.
A few upcoming events drive home these points. In November, the group asks prospective members to attend an informational session that explores the value of the Heroes MAKE America initiative, offering insight into the diverse career opportunities available, the pathways to training and certifications, and specific details on how to participate.
Later in the month, community members are invited to attend the “Military to Manufacturing Virtual Engagement” with food company Mars, Incorporated. This virtual event enables talent from the veteran and military community to connect with a manufacturer who is actively hiring, pose questions, and get an understanding of their veteran-friendly culture and current career opportunities.
And while the overall thrust of the group is skill development and job placements, it also strongly emphasizes the role of networking in its member success. According to the Manufacturing Institute website, the group’s efforts work toward developing “a network of participants and alumni [who] are empowered to serve as resources to each other to facilitate successful transitions into industry.”
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