Senator Brown Pushes Bill to Help Vets Find Jobs

FlagThe Youngstown Business Journal reports on Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-Ohio) support of the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 (full article here). Brown serves on the  Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, which recently sent the bill for approval by the full Senate. At a media event Monday at Youngstown State University, Brown called for the bill’s passage.

Youngstown Business Journal reporter George Nelson contacted MAGNET’s Mary Ann Pacelli, a senior business consultant specializing in workforce development, about MAGNET’s launch of a Northeast Ohio pilot project that will match returning veterans’ skills with hard-to-fill manufacturing jobs.

“Mary Ann Pacelli, senior business consultant with the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, or Magnet, noted that the organization has a pilot program now that could show how the legislation could work.

“‘We know there are many returning veterans coming back home with very specific skills that don’t look like they would fit in manufacturing. We also know that even in today’s economy there are jobs in manufacturing companies going unfulfilled,’ she said. Under the program. Magnet is working with the employers and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to match veterans with jobs they might be interested in and qualify for, as well as assist with on-the-job training.

“‘Even though somebody was repairing a pump or repairing the engine systems of a nuclear sub, they still might need a little bit of [on-the-job training] when they come back to a manufacturing plant to work on the hydraulic press or a stamping press,’ she said.”

The first launch event for the program was held Monday at MAGNET’s headquarters near downtown Cleveland. More than 50 manufacturers attended to learn about how they can participate in the pilot program. A second launch event will be held Thursday, July 28 in Akron.

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