The Boeing Co., which has a defense sector located in the City of Hazelwood, is one of a handful of large companies that has set out to employ veterans.
Along with General Electric, Alcoa, Lockheed Martin and a national industry group, Boeing plans to get thousands of veterans into high-paying manufacturing careers, according to a USA Today report.
The Manufacturing Institute, a nonprofit branch of the National Association of Manufacturers, will manage the project.
Mlitary skills will be matched with civilian jobs, along with training for veterans to fill skill gaps.
The pooled resources are said to help 15,000 veterans transition to manufacturing careers, according to the report.
Should additional companies join the effort, the companies say the number of employed could increase to 100,000 veterans.
An estimated 600,000 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and the average employee in the manufacturing industry is in his or her 50s. Click here to read the report in its entirety.
Training will begin in January near the GE Aviation manufacturing hub in Cincinnati with other training sites opening in 2013, including one in St. Louis.
Additional training locations include:
• Charleston, S.C.
• Durham, N.C.
• Evansville, Ind.
• Fort Worth and Houston, Texas
• Greenville, S.C.
• Los Angeles
• New York
• Puget Sound area, Wash.
• Raleigh, N.C.
• San Jose, Calif.
• Schenectady, N.Y.
• St. Louis
• Washington, D.C.