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Exelis honored as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer

McLean, VA – ITT Exelis has been named to the most recent Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list compiled by G.I. Jobs magazine. Exelis was ranked eighty-fifth overall on the list, which can be viewed in full at www.militaryfriendly.com.

The annual list is compiled from a data-driven survey sample of 5,000 companies whose annual revenues exceeded $500 million. Criteria for inclusion include the strength of each company’s military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service. The survey results that determined the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based on the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs.

“Veterans make up a very important part of our workforce,” said John Procopio, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Exelis. “At some of our locations the percentage of employees with a military background can be as high as seventy to eighty percent, and as a team our employees bring diverse experiences in the military and business worlds that fuel the power of our ingenuity.”

Specific information about opportunities at Exelis for veterans and transitioning military personnel can be found at http://www.exelisinc.com/careers/Pages/Transitioning-Military.aspx.

ITT Exelis (McLean, VA) is a diversified global aerospace, defense and information solutions company. It employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8 billion. For additional information, please visit www.exelisinc.com.


GE and other manufacturers launch Get Skills to Work to train U.S. veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing

New York, NY – Commercial business and government contractors joined academic and nonprofit partners in October to launch a new coalition that aims to train military veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing, bolster the talent pipeline and enhance American competitiveness.

The Get Skills to Work coalition will focus on accelerating skills training for U.S. veterans; helping veterans and employers translate military skills to advanced manufacturing jobs; and empowering employers with tools to recruit, hire and mentor veterans.

The startup of Get Skills to Work will be managed by the Manufacturing Institute (www.themanufacturinginstitute.org) and supported through financial and in-kind commitments from GE, Alcoa, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. These initial investments will help 15,000 veterans translate military experience to corresponding advanced manufacturing opportunities and gain the technical skills needed to qualify for careers in this growing sector. The coalition is seeking additional partners to meet its goal of reaching 100,000 veterans by 2015. Companies and veterans interested in joining this effort or learning more can visit www.getskillstowork.org.

“A strong manufacturing industry is central to the long-term health and success of our economy,” says Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE. “As technology advances, skill sets must be upgraded to ensure companies like GE have the talent to continue to fuel innovation.”

According to industry sources, 600,000 high-tech manufacturing jobs remain open in the U.S. and more than 82 percent of manufacturers report they cannot find people to fill their skilled production jobs. Meanwhile, one million veterans are expected to exit the armed forces over the next four years and will be transitioning to civilian careers.

Paula Davis, president of the Alcoa Foundation, notes, “Veterans offer the technical, leadership and critical thinking skills that advanced manufacturing demands. Forming the Get Skills to Work coalition and coordinating with nonprofits to train, recruit and develop veterans is an exciting model that has the potential to change lives and produce a significant competitive advantage for U.S. manufacturers.”

Rick Stephens, Boeing senior vice president of human resources and administration, and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, says that, “Based on our experience recruiting and training veterans to work at Boeing, we believe the Get Skills to Work initiative could have a major impact on the hiring of veterans nationwide. Using many of the same tactics and tools, such as a website for transitioning veterans that includes a military-to-civilian skills translator, we have hired and trained nearly 3,000 veterans in the past twenty-one months for jobs at Boeing. It’s a proven approach for matching the skills of those who have served our country to the hiring needs of American businesses.”

Bob Stevens, Lockheed Martin chairman and CEO, observes, “America’s veterans want and deserve the opportunity to contribute to our society and provide for their families. At Lockheed Martin, we believe it is our duty to give them that opportunity. There is no greater way to say thanks for all their service and sacrifice, which enable all of us to live safe and secure lives and pursue our dreams every day. The investment this coalition makes in training will provide them this opportunity, and strengthen tomorrow’s workforce.”

At the end of 2012, the four founding companies employed approximately 64,000 U.S. military veterans. For more information please visit www.GetSkillstoWork.org.


Merck joins 100,000 Jobs to helping transitioning veterans pursue their career goals

Whitehouse Station, NJ – Merck has joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission (www.100000jobsmission.com), a growing coalition of companies that aims to hire at least 100,000 veterans by 2020.

Launched in March 2011, the coalition is committed to hiring veterans, reporting results and sharing best practices on recruiting, hiring, training, assimilating and retaining veterans.

“We appreciate the skills veterans have already honed in the military, like leadership and innovative thinking,” says Sandra Tango, senior staffing consultant at Merck, and an army logistics officer with twelve years in the National Guard.

“Merck offers opportunities for personal and professional growth. And, whenever I’ve needed to answer the call, Merck has been there for me,” comments John Chacko, a Merck senior analyst for IT compliance and a U.S. Marine Corps officer with twenty years on active duty and in the reserves. “It’s great to work for a company that’s recognized for supporting national guardsmen and reservists. It proves to me they are as committed to me as I am to them.”

Learn more about Merck’s military recruiting partners and job opportunities at www.merck.com/careers.


WBDC to launch Women Vetrepreneurship Program

Chicago, IL – Women veterans who are considering business ownership as their path to economic security, independence and empowerment will soon have a new resource to help them succeed.

In 2013, the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) will launch the Women Vetrepreneurship Program to provide women veterans with entrepreneurial training, technical assistance, business counseling, direct lending and the mentoring they need to succeed.

The new program is a partnership between the WBDC and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA), and is supported with a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. It aims to be a “one-stop shop” for participants, according to Hedy M. Ratner, WBDC co-founder and co-president.

Highlights of the new program include direct lending to eligible new and established business program participants; a network of partner provided social services, including military sexual trauma counseling; no-cost child care services; a mentoring program in which women veterans will be paired with successful small business women entrepreneurs; and assistance for participant business owners to get certified as veteran-owned businesses and City of Chicago, Cook County and State of Illinois women-owned businesses.

The WBDC is a nationally and internationally recognized women’s business assistance center in its twenty-sixth year of operation. It provides business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in Spanish and English. For further information about the WBDC and the Women Vetrepreneurship Program, visit www.wbdc.org.



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