March 05, 2018 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: best practices, recruiting methods, partnerships, candidate selection, veterans, recruiting, spotlight, community college
Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
Working through the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, the U.S. Army created a program allowing soldiers in their last year of service to train for their next career. This provided Ingalls Shipbuilding with an opportunity to establish partnerships with several military bases and local community colleges to help provide skills training and job opportunities for veterans.
These partnerships include those at Fort Hood and Central Texas Community College, Fort Bragg and Fayetteville Tech Community College, and Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Air Force Base and Savannah Technical Community College.
In partnership with Ingalls, the colleges teach a 16-week course during which soldiers spend 40 hours a week in classroom instruction and hands-on training. Upon completing the program, the soldiers are guaranteed a position with Ingalls.
“Ingalls has been successful in creating a steady pipeline of veterans coming into the shipyard,” says Fred Howell, director of talent acquisition at Ingalls Shipbuilding. “The ability to use the experience and training provided by the Army, and supplement it with craft-specific training has been very successful.”
Organizations hoping to maximize their veteran hiring efforts might consider:
Fred Howell will present “Targeted Veteran Hiring” at the 2018 NACE Conference in New Orleans.
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