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Date: November 13, 2017
Site Features Services for Military Veterans and Their Spouses Seeking Employment; Recognizes Texas Employers Hiring Veterans
AUSTIN ? The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently launched its Texas Operation Welcome Home
web portal to better meet the employment needs of transitioning service
members, recently separated veterans and military spouses. The portal
includes information and web links to several employment and training
initiatives for veterans and employers.
“The service members transitioning back to the civilian workforce and
our Texas veterans are an extremely valuable source of talent for Texas
employers,” said TWC
Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We are proud to provide information and
resources to Texas veterans seeking opportunities in industries across
Texas, as well as to the employers who benefit from their unmatched
leadership and skills.”
The web portal includes online registration for the “We Hire Vets”
employer recognition program that recognizes Texas employers for their
commitment to hiring veterans. Through the program, employers whose
workforce is composed of at least 10 percent military veterans are
eligible to receive a “We Hire Vets” employer recognition decal to
display on the employer’s storefront as well as an electronic decal to
display on the employer’s website.
“We’ve had tremendous response from employers inquiring about and registering for the We Hire Vets program,” said TWC
Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “With our Texas
Operation Welcome Home webpage, we will continue our efforts to connect
employers with veterans and their family members who are seeking
Employers interested in the “We Hire Vets” program can register online.
Since the program’s launch, 47 businesses have been nominated as “We
Hire Vets” employers. JVIC Catalyst Services LLC is a “We Hire Vets”
participant and recently extended 36 job offers to veterans. Starting
wages for the jobs are $23 an hour.
“With veterans, you don’t have to worry about the little things. They
are on time, where they are supposed to be, and bring all necessary
tools ready to work,” said JVIC Catalyst Services Health and Safety
Member Kevin D. Palmer.” “It’s ingrained within them in the military,
and you generally don’t get that right off the bat with the civilian
“Our veterans are ready to work, and it’s important to ensure their
access to readily available employment information on our websites,”
Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “We’re extremely
grateful of our veterans and their service and welcome the opportunity
to help them transfer their skills into the civilian workforce.”
In addition to “We Hire Vets,” other programs and initiatives for
veteran employment featured on the rebranded web portal include:
- Texas Skills to Work
— Assists service members by translating military experience into
civilian terms and skill sets. After translation, it matches the
civilian skill set with online job postings requiring those same skills.
- Skills for Transition
— Provides training opportunities to transitioning military service
members who are preparing to separate from service within 180 days who
will remain in Texas or who have been discharged within the past 180
days. The training is for employment in high-growth, high-demand
- Military Family Support Pilot Program
— Provides $1 million in grants to fund employment assistance for
military spouses including enhanced job search assistance, assessment of
skills, labor market information, and résumé writing and interview
For more information on the Texas Operation Welcome Home web portal and the “We Hire Vets” program, visit www.texasoperationwelcomehome.com.
The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping
Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For
details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org. To receive notifications about TWC programs and services subscribe to our email updates.
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