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  • In 2012, President Obama issued a challenge to America’s business leaders: Hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans and their spouses before the end of 2013. That challenge was eagerly accepted, and to date over 2,000 employers have pledged their support for America’s veterans.But the commitment doesn’t stop at year’s end: this is gaining permanent momentum, focused on the goals outlined here on this slide.
  • Here’s what leaders from government and industry are saying about this partnership.The bottom line: American veterans can continue to serve their nation through meaningful employment in private industry. Corporate America understands the intangible values gained through military experience, and through this effort they can help thousands of service members make the transition to new careers.
  • Based on the President’s “Call to Action”, several industry focus groups were established to create a permanent pipeline of talent from military service to the private sector. Six key industry groups are currently examining ways to match talented veterans with jobs their suited for. The focus is on:Aircraft MechanicsAutomotive MechanicsHealthcare Support & Emergency ServicesSupply & Logistics SupportTruck Drivers & Heavy Equipment Operators, andInformation TechnologySpecifically, the IT industry focus group has established a Roundtable partnership of more than a dozen key corporate stakeholders, 94 employers, and MILDEP senior leaders. The groups focus is on aligning the IT skills that military service provides with the needs of businesses. They’ve pledged their resources to help identify and credential military IT experience, then hire veterans to provide a meaningful continuation of service.However, building a permanent talent pipeline between the military and private sector will require commitment on both sides of the DD214 – military departments must match training and experience with transportable skills, while industry must help bridge the delta between service experience and corporate need, and remain faithful to hiring a dedicated, ready-made workforceSo, who’s involved in this IT partnership?
  • As you can see, commitment and leadership come from across the spectrum of the private sector, not just IT. Here’s a few of the companies that are leading the charge to hire our veterans. I’m sure you may recognize a few...But then why are these companies pledging their support? Frankly, there’s more to it than just social responsibility... Hiring veterans helps the bottom line.
  • The talent pool is vast, and employers need help to find the right applicants.A million and a half veterans are seeking work today, while another 2 million are under-employed given their talents and experience. Add to that, another 300 thousand will exit the service within the next year.On the other side of the equation, the number of well-paying IT jobs opening up exceeds the number of applicants qualified to fill them. The military workforce helps balance this equation, as over the next three years 161,000 military personnel with experience matching top IT jobs will transition out of uniformPartnering on a talent pipeline also drives down the onboarding cost for industry. The pipeline will identify the right applicant, with the right skills and training, for the right job.The military can alsodo more to ensure the future success for our veterans. Currently we spend less than $200 on a transitioning service member. We need to invest in ensuring that their skills are well documented and easily understood.
  • To help build this pipeline, earlier this year the IT Roundtable has executed a pilot program by establishing a web-based hub to match veterans with IT career support resources and jobsIndustry gifted over 1,500 certification scholars to the program. The certificates would provide proof of military training and experience in a way that companies easily understand.
  • In addition to just identifying training and experience at the end of a career, the military departments have dedicated themselves to a process of providing civilian credentials that provide benefit while members are still in service. This mid-career credentialing pilot is small for now, as we use existing tuition assistance resources to find the right balance of applicability to mission and member performance with industry need.
  • White house joining forces

    1. 1. Headquarters U.S. Air Force Integrity - Service - Excellence White House IT Credentialing Initiative 1
    2. 2. Joining Forces – Connecting Veterans with Employment  An ongoing effort that:  Brings attention to the unique needs and strength of America’s military families  Inspires, educates, and sparks action from all sectors of our society – citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government - to ensure veterans and military families have the opportunities, resources, and support they have earned  Showcases the skills, experience, and dedication of America’s veterans and military spouses to strengthen our nation’s communities  Creates greater connections between the American public and the military Integrity - Service - Excellence 2
    3. 3. What They’re Saying  “I want to send a very clear message to the men and women who are wearing – or who have worn – our country’s uniform and to their spouses: when you have finished your service to our nation, you’ve got 2,000 great American companies ready and waiting to bring you on board” – Remarks by Michelle Obama, August 22, 2012  “(This) initiative will validate that my capabilities and experience are not military-unique. It adds value and definition to my service, and provides a clearer path for my transition to employment in the civilian sector. Veterans are a ready-made workforce, we contribute to a strong economy, and I ask you to invest in our futures with the same enthusiasm by which we’ve secured the future of this great nation.” – White House speech by SMSgt Alec Hall, April 29, 2013  “41% of Fortune 500 companies say they need leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, ability to build relationships, communicate effectively and show up on time, ready to work.” – Briefing remarks by Cisco VP Mike Veysey, July 16, 2013 Integrity - Service - Excellence 3
    4. 4. U.S. Military Roundtable  Government/Corporate partnership to capitalize on training and abilities of veterans in six key industries:  Aircraft/Automotive Mechanics  Healthcare Support & Emergency Services  Supply & Logistics Support  Truck Drivers & Heavy Equipment Operators  Information Technology  12 key corporate stakeholders, 94 employers, MILDEP senior leaders  Build intuitive transition process that provides meaningful continuation of service through training and job placement support  Provide industry-accepted credentialing to veterans as proof of capabilities, then hire  Efforts require support on both sides of the DD214 Integrity - Service - Excellence 4
    5. 5. Corporate Commitment Integrity - Service - Excellence 5
    6. 6. At Stake: By the Numbers  1.5 Million - vets looking for jobs today  2 Million - estimated number of vets that are underemployed  307,000 - service members transitioning out of uniform in next 12 months  1.8 Million - Projected IT job opportunities by 2020  20,000+ - IT employers looking for qualified candidates today  $81,000 - Average annual salary for IT-sector jobs  $52,600 - average cost to recruit, train and onboard 1 Veteran  $195 - average funding allocated to support 1 transitioning Veteran Integrity - Service - Excellence 6
    7. 7. IT Transition Pilot  Link available jobs, employers, education and training through one centralized hub for IT career support resources  Over 2,000 service members signed up  251 active duty Airmen accepted into program (of 225 AF allocations)  124 have met with transition counselors to receive training, certification and employment assistance  52 are currently enrolled in no-cost training to earn certificates that capture their military experience  18 different IT certificates offered through USITPipeline.com  333 individual course enrollments, more being added every day  $1,077,500 total donation value of training and certification gifted from industry to date Integrity - Service - Excellence 7
    8. 8. Mid-Career Credentialing Pilot  50 total participants, AFSCs 1B4XX or 3DXXX, with 8-15 years TIS  12-13 participants each from Langley, JBSA, Peterson, Scott  Total force mixture of about 60% active / 20% ANG / 20% AFRC  Each pilot base will host one "bootcamp" class for all 12-13 participants at one time, and offer one exam voucher per student  Each base will provide training on a different certification:  Langley - CompTIA CASP  JBSA - ISC2 CISSP  Peterson - SANS Institute GSLC  Scott - ISC2 CISSP  Scott AFB and JBSA began instruction on 30 Sep, Peterson and Langley have not scheduled training dates yet; the pilot is scheduled to last 6 months Integrity - Service - Excellence 8
    9. 9. Our Efforts  Spreading the Word:  Memorandum from the Director of Cyberspace to all commandlevel A6 Directors  Memorandum from the Cyber Career Field Managers to all command-level Functional Managers  Targeted emails direct to potential pilot participants to explain the program and sign-up procedures  News article published in AFNews highlighting program benefits  “Front and Center” headline on the Air Force Portal - Cyber tab Integrity - Service - Excellence 9
    10. 10. What You Can Do  Champion veteran participation through awareness and education campaigns before veterans leave the service  Advocate Senior Leader involvement and commitment  Socialize opportunities to hire veterans with your corporate partners – get industry involved!  Employers must understand intangible value of hiring veterans: job skills PLUS adaptability, leadership, loyalty, reliability, resiliency, etc.  More information on the White House's Joining Forces Initiative is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces  Find information on the IT Credentialing and Licensing Initiative at https://usitpipeline.com Integrity - Service - Excellence 10

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