AUSTIN – Workforce Solutions Capital Area has earned recognition for the third year in a row for committing to hiring veterans with the “We Hire Vets” award from the Texas Workforce Commission. Today, 11 percent of Workforce Solutions Capital Area Board employees are veterans.
“Military values include commitment and integrity, and our veteran team members practice these values and more every day in their roles serving the communities of the Austin metro area,” said Tamara Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Solutions Capital Area. “In 2018, we became the first workforce board in the state of Texas to receive this recognition, and we are honored to be recognized for a third time in 2020.”
Workforce Solutions Capital Area Board’s veteran employees served in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, and have a combined 19 years of service.
The Texas Workforce Commission, with the Texas Veterans Commission and Texas Workforce Solutions Offices, launched the “We Hire Vets” employer recognition program in July 2017. Employers whose workforce is composed of at least 10 percent military veterans are eligible for recognition, which includes a display decal for employers’ storefronts and an electronic decal to display on employers’ websites. The “We Hire Vets” program is part of the Texas Workforce Commission’s Texas Operation Welcome Home initiative.
“Congratulations to Workforce Solutions Capital Area for their continuing commitment to hiring and retaining our Nation’s heroes,” said Aaron Demerson, Commissioner Representing Employers. “Veterans are natural leaders and their skills, experience, and discipline are important qualities that help strengthen our Texas workforce.”
Supporting Texas veterans is part of Workforce Solutions Capital Area’s mission. Veterans receive priority for job and training referrals at Workforce Solutions Capital Area’s three Career Centers. Career specialists at the centers are specifically trained to help veterans of the U.S. military to achieve maximum employment and training opportunities.
Workforce Solutions Capital Area also participates in the annual Hiring Red, White & You! job fair in November, a statewide effort to connect Texas veterans with employers ready to hire. This year, we partnered with four neighboring workforce boards to host five unique virtual hiring experiences across Central Texas. Learn more at WarriorWelcome.com.
Visit our website to learn more about how Workforce Solutions Capital Area serves veterans.
More than 500,000 employers do business in Texas and there are 1.7 million veterans in the Texas labor force, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.
About Workforce Solutions Capital Area
Workforce Solutions Capital Area Workforce Board is the publicly-funded workforce board for Travis County. Through strong partnerships and strategic collaborations, Workforce Solutions is leading the region’s workforce system in the development of a world-class workforce. For more information, visit www.wfscapitalarea.com.