Vet2Tech was started in September, 2012. The program is approved through the GI Bill’s LACAS program. (Licensing and Certification Approval System). Carol Multak, President and CEO, developed a database of 817 hiring companies nationwide. During that time, she was actively raising funds to award scholarships. After all the pieces were in place, she felt that the program was robust enough to bring veterans in and successfully place them in sustainable wage jobs.
Every graduate is guaranteed a job interview with one of the hiring companies. Additionally, they will have access to that database and may use that list to search for additional job opportunities available to them and have that list as a resource if they ever relocate.
The average starting salary for entry-level technicians is about $15-$17 per hour during OJT (usually about 1 yr.). After OJT is complete salaries jump to about $22-$25 per hour. Companies usually offer competitive benefit packages, company service vehicles, laptops and cell phones.
Vet2Tech has partnered with Tech U24/7 and CFESA to provide training and placement opportunities for veterans at no cost to the veteran.
TechU24/7 is an online learning development company committed to providing avenues for job seekers to receive the training needed to be placed in high-demand technical professions in the commercial food service industry. TechU24/7 partners with leading industry associations and manufacturers to develop world-class interactive training programs that teach complex technical concepts in a manner that is both engaging and highly-effective; allowing students to complete these comprehensive courses online, learning at their own pace.
The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association (CFESA) is a trade association of professional service and parts distributors. Founded in 1963, CFESA members promote the highest standards of professional service. With over 450 members companies representing all of North America, CFESA members stock OEM parts-the best for any equipment – and have access to an online inventory of millions of parts. CFESA Certified Technicians deliver a higher first time fix rate, thereby keeping equipment downtime to a minimum. With thousands of CFESA Certified Technicians, there is a qualified technician in every area to get and keep commercial food equipment up and always running.
For further information, go to www.vet2tech.org.
Go to www.TADPGS.com, click on the “Looking for People” tab, then view “Veterans Solutions” to see more for information on our Veterans Solutions for Employers. Please join our LinkedIn group, Veterans Hiring Solutions for Veterans and Companies at http://linkd.in/Sg346w. If you have specific questions about hiring veterans or the incentives for doing so, contact me at Ben.Marich@Adeccona.com.