Veteran training program teaches local companies how to hire veterans

Published: Mar. 20, 2018 at 6:09 PM EDT
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The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board teamed up with Virginia Values Veterans to provide Valley companies with the resources they need to hire veterans.

Local companies were able to attend a training event at Blue Ridge Community College on Tuesday to learn more about the challenges veterans face as they try to re-enter the workforce and what skills veterans can bring to the table when hired.

Sean McCusty, business development manager for SVWDB, said through the program, they wanted to provide Valley employers with the tools they need to hire the hard workers they are looking for.

"With unemployment being as low as it is, it's difficult to find qualified employees, and veterans are a resource for that," McCusty said. "They come with skills that can be easily transferred to a lot of the needs that companies in the Valley have."

McCusty said because of their military career, veterans often have cultural or language differences that employers may not understand, and by teaching companies to better communicate with veterans, they can get more people back to work.

"There are a lot of opportunities for veterans with companies in the Valley," he said, "and I think companies, by the fact that they are coming to events like this, are interested in finding opportunities to hire veterans and understand how that can help benefit their company."

McCusty said they hope the program will provide companies with the resources they need to open the lines of communication with local veterans in the future.