On Thursday November 8th, 2012, Governor Nathan Deal, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, and the Georgia Department of Labor teamed to host the Georgia Jobs for Veteran’s Career Fair.
To kick off the event at the Georgia Jobs for Veterans Employer Breakfast, several statewide workforce development initiatives were announced which aim to smooth the transition back to the civilian workforce for the estimated 80,000 returning veterans looking to re-entering our workforce by 2016.
Programs included Troops to Trucks, an effort from the Department of Drivers Services to streamline the licensing process for military personnel to receiving a Commercial Driver’s license.
The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development made several announcements as well, including a new website Operation: Workforce (www.operationworkforce.com), which aims to connect veterans with companies looking to fill vacant positions with hard working veterans, and their Hire a Georgia Veteran campaign. This campaign goes hand in hand with a policy recently passed by the State Workforce Investment Board which grants veterans and their spouse’s top priority in Georgia’s workforce system.
By the end of the career fair approximately 5,000 veterans had come through the doors to meeting with the 300 Georgia companies looking for leaders to fill their open positions.