Blog posts tagged with Veterans

MAGNET helps returning veterans find manufacturing jobs

May 03, 2012 by MAGNET Ohio

By Mary Ann Pacelli, Senior Consultant, MAGNET Even with high unemployment rates, so many jobs in manufacturing still remain unfilled- an estimated 200,000 over the next couple years.  These unfilled jobs are typically requiring technical skills and competencies not in abundance in the general unemployed population- but skills believed to be within local Veterans.  As part of latest efforts to promote employment for former service members, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) launched a program to match returning Veterans with unfilled manufacturing jobs in Ohio, and provide additional training where needed. MAGNET has partnered with the Veterans’ Services group of the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) on the Veterans Program which is funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Mone’ Givner, Region 2 Veterans Program Manager of the Office of Workforce Development of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services states, "Our mission is to provide policies and procedures regarding the Veterans programs and services necessary for Ohio to implement the Jobs for Veterans Act. Our goal is to alleviate unemployment and underemployment for veterans and other eligible persons." This partnership of community colleges, universities, businesses, and Veterans

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Jobs for Veterans Program Makes Progress

March 15, 2012 by MAGNET Ohio

Last July, MAGNET launched a unique pilot project to help connect returning U.S. veterans with manufacturing jobs in Northeast Ohio. "There are many jobs at manufacturing companies in Northeast Ohio that are still unfilled even with today’s high unemployment rate," noted MAGNET President and CEO Dan Berry at the time. "These unfilled jobs typically require technical skills and competencies not widely found in the general unemployed population. Our belief is that many returning veterans have some of the core technical skills that can meet the needs of manufacturers in the region." MAGNET’s goal was to identify, train and match returning veterans with existing jobs at area manufacturing companies that are unfilled due to a lack of appropriately skilled applicants. To accomplish this, MAGNET partnered with the Veterans’ Services group of the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS). Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration MAGNET and ODJFS began the pilot project with two well-attended informational sessions for manufacturers on July 19 and July 28, 2011. Becky Kemp, MAGNET Senior Workforce Development Consultant, reports that eight months later, 57 veterans have undergone the skills testing process to determine their job skills and

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