According to a February 13 press release, GE will help returning veterans “integrate into the civilian workforce.” This ambitious increase in hiring is part of a $580 million project to develop and expand their Aviation unit. In one plant in Kentucky, GE has began the production of that plant’s first new appliance line in over 50 years.
For the “Hiring Our Heroes” program, GE has teamed up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who is sponsoring more than 400 job fairs across the country. GE currently employs more than 10,000 military veterans. Many of the veterans are reservists serving overseas.
Development will include remodeling or building a minimum of 16 facilities and plants, as well as some manufacturing training centers. In addition to job fairs, GE will also support healthcare programs to provide “better health at lower costs.” The two pilot health programs will be in Erie, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky.
GE is also sponsoring a contest called the “What Works Project,” an interactive platform where American nonprofits compete for a weekly prize of $10,000.
Veterans returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home to the worst unemployment in recent history. Regions like Florida and Ohio have experienced unemployment rates over 10 percent in the past year. The average jobless rate for the country continues to hover around 8 percent.
To commence the hiring event, GE announced the latest expansion at the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, a four-day event in Washington, D.C. The initiative is an educational plan to graduate 10,000 engineers in the U.S.
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