The Department of Military Affairs and Veteran Services hosts DOD Skillbridge as part of our “New Hampshire Veteran Friendly Business Lunch and Learn” series. Each month we host virtual webinars for businesses in our Veteran Friendly Business network to give them the opportunity to learn what programs, issues and impacts on veterans, service members and their families in New Hampshire. What is Skillbridge you ask. Skillbridge is a program offered to active-duty military members during their last 180 days of service. Here is what they say about the program.
Each year approximately 200,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces, stationed in over 140 military installations in the U.S. and overseas, will leave active duty and re-enter the civilian work force or pursue higher education.
Through the SkillBridge program industry partners benefit from gaining early access to the extensive experience, skills, and unmatched work ethos Service members bring to the workforce. Employers craft SkillBridge programs to meet their specific workforce needs, matching those needs to the skills and abilities of highly motivated Service members, all at no cost.
How is this possible? The U.S. Department of Defense pays Service member salary and benefits while the Service member participates in SkillBridge. This opportunity may last up to the final 180-days of service. Military installation Commanders can make on-base facilities available to industry partners for use in their SkillBridge programs, or members may be authorized to train at the industry partner's location off installation at minimal to no cost.
Reach Talent Anywhere
Don't let location limit your access to this talented, skilled, and dedicated workforce. With SkillBridge, your organization can support Service members on Active Duty while avoiding some of the logistics of on-site support. SkillBridge partners across the nation may take advantage of virtual, online, or distance learning and training options.
What's the Catch?
It may seem too good to be true, but there is no catch except the opportunity to catch the best talent entering the civilian labor force each year.
This unique opportunity is provided to Service members by the Department of Defense (DOD). Why? Because the DOD benefits when Service members return to civilian life with meaningful and gainful employment. The DOD wants the best possible outcomes for our members: not just short-term jobs, but careers with good pay and opportunities for advancement just as they had while in the Service.
Join the network and join on these amazing educational opportunities to help NH DMAVS and other NH Veteran-Friendly Businesses to learn about issues that are important to, or impact, military, and Veteran families in New Hampshire!
We hire military veterans because they make great employees. They bring proven technical and leadership skills. They understand teamwork, and they're adaptable. Bottom line, hiring veterans is good for business. - Randall L. Stephenson