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Boeing Helping Veterans Move into High Paying Manufacturing Careers

General Electric, Alcoa, Boeing and Lockheed Martin have pooled resources to help 15,000 veterans get manufacturing jobs at training sites including one in St. Louis.

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.  

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 Additional training locations include:

•Austin, Texas
• Charleston, S.C.
• Detroit
• Durham, N.C.
• Evansville, Ind.
• Fort Worth and Houston, Texas
• Greenville, S.C.
• Los Angeles
• New York
• Philadelphia
• Puget Sound area, Wash.
• Raleigh, N.C.
• San Jose, Calif.
• Schenectady, N.Y.
• St. Louis
• Washington, D.C.

CW February 21, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Being a Boeing employee i feel that every other Boeing site except for the Pudget sound area are very vet oriented and genuine about helping and hiring vets. After getting into the position I am in I have been having sudden relapses of PTSD and have been having severe flashback. I would not recommend that anyone that is sensitive to the sounds of machine gun fire, loud banging, sudden startling, or any severe PTSD conditions should work within the Everett factory area. Well with Boeing knowing that I came into this place with WAR related disabilities, they now want to turn their back on me when they become issues. From what the Everett plant is doing is reaping the rewards of hiring a disabled vet, and looking good in the public eye, but when your disabilities become too much they turn the other way and say get back to work. Even when your doc say that this place is too much of a trigger for you, Boeings fix is to relocate you to another area that feels more like a punishment than a accommodation. Even if you needed to take some time off due to a combat related injury the union and Boeing have short term disability paying 300 per week, but wait thats for the guys/gal that hurt them self at home, if your off due to a war related injury you ARE NOT COVERED. In closing if you shuffle through these ramblings, all i am trying to say is disabled vets beware of Boeing Everett. From: The Purple Heart Recipient Concerned VET

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