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Statement from Allegheny Conference on Community Development on today’s announcement of a partnership with federal agencies to connect returning veterans and active duty military with employers in energy and manufacturing who are hiring
(PITTSBURGH - November 18, 2014) Earlier today, during the Hiring Our Heroes Pittsburgh Forum on Veterans Employment, top representatives of the U. S. Departments of Defense, Energy, Labor and Veterans Affairs joined with Allegheny Conference CEO Dennis Yablonsky to announce new efforts to connect returning veterans to open jobs in the Pittsburgh region.
Following this announcement, Mr. Yablonsky made the following statement:
“On behalf of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, we are very pleased with today’s announcement of a partnership with four federal agencies and the Allegheny Conference that will help connect military veterans - and transitioning service members - with employers in the Pittsburgh region who have open energy and manufacturing-related jobs.
Our goal is to help regional employers attract and retain skilled workers. Veterans are a good fit for many of the critical workforce needs of energy and advanced manufacturing companies here. They bring technical skills, teamwork and leadership experience as well as a strong work ethic.
We expect to get this partnership underway by convening a roundtable meeting in early 2015 with business, civic, and governmental leaders, including leaders from the Departments of Defense, Energy, Labor and Veterans Affairs to discuss shared priorities and solutions for developing our energy sector workforce through employment and training.
We are hopeful that we’ll take a fresh look at reaching potential workers before they officially separate from military service. We think that innovations in technology coupled with commitment from employers will help accelerate training and industry credentialing for service members while they are still deployed.
We welcome the opportunity to work closely with these four federal agencies to make these efforts a reality and put more military veterans and soon-to-be veterans to work in the Pittsburgh region.”