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Sharp Decisions Announces Pledge to Hire and Train 500 Veterans and Military Spouses Over Next Five Years at White House Event
Pledge is made through the Joining Forces initiative launched by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden five years ago to expand corporate career opportunities for veterans and military spouses.
Announcement is part of new private sector initiative through Joining Forces; Sharp Decisions’ pledge is the newest piece of its award-winning V.E.T.S. Program.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 5, 2016) – As part of the fifth anniversary of Joining Forces, Sharp Decisions announced its pledge, through Joining Forces, to train and hire 500 veterans and military spouses through its award-winning V.E.T.S.™ (Vocation, Education, and Training for Service members) Program over the next five years at an event at the White House that featured First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announcing a new private sector hiring and training commitment for veterans and military spouses.
Since the launch of the initiative, more than 1.2 million veterans and military spouses have been hired or trained as a result of ongoing outreach. Today, the unemployment rate for veterans is lower than the national average. With today’s announcement, 40 companies have pledged to hire more than 110,000 veterans and military spouses and nearly 60,000 new training commitments for veterans and military spouses over the next five years, primarily in the fields of aerospace, telecommunications and tech.
The V.E.T.S. program provides platoon-based technology training—free of charge to the veteran or veterans’ spouse—in quality assurance, project management, business analysis, cloud security and cyber security. Those who graduate then deploy as employees of Sharp Decisions to corporate clients in the healthcare, financial services, media and telecommunications, and government sectors. Since the program’s inception in March 2013, Sharp Decisions has hired and trained almost 120 veterans, investing in their careers by providing them with a distinct growth path.
When the First Lady and Dr. Biden launched Joining Forces in 2011, the unemployment rate for our 9/11 generation of veterans was more than 12 percent, and almost one in three of our youngest veterans who wanted to work could not find a job. In August 2011, the President challenged the private sector to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses.
“Three years ago I started the V.E.T.S. Program because I knew how much sense it made, from a business standpoint, for our veterans and for our country, to get veterans working in the technology space,” Sharp Decisions CEO Karen Ross said. “Sharp Decisions is excited to be a part of the Joining Forces coalition moving forward as this partnership will allow us to reach more veterans that need help finding a sustainable career. Starting out, as stated in our pledge, we aim to hire 500 veterans and military spouses; but we will not stop there. We look to open more doors for our military members and their families by becoming leaders in veteran hiring in New York.”
About Joining Forces
Joining Forces is a nationwide initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden calling on all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. Joining Forces works hand in hand with the public and private sectors to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives. Joining Forces:
- Brings attention to the unique needs and strength of America’s military families;
- Inspires, educates, and encourages concrete action from all sectors of our society to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the opportunities, resources, and support they have earned;
- Showcases the skills, experience, and dedication of America’s service members, veterans, and their families to strengthen our nation’s communities; and,
- Encourages greater connections between the American public and the military community.
For more information, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces/
About Sharp Decisions
For more than 25 years, Sharp Decisions has provided superior, award-winning strategic business and technology consulting services to global corporations and government agencies. With subject matter expertise in Financial Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Media & Telecommunications, Sharp Decisions has the know-how, experience, and resources to identify and implement the right solutions for your organization.
Headquartered in New York City, with locations throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada, Sharp Decisions has been the technology backbone for a client portfolio that includes some of the world’s most recognized companies. As a Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise and approved vendor, Sharp Decisions offers a powerful, cost-effective advantage. We are also committed to hiring and training tech-savvy transitioning and industry-experienced U.S. Armed Forces veterans through our V.E.T.S.™ (Vocation, Education and Training for Service members) Program.
For more information visit www.sharpdecisions.com or call 212.403.7561.
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