There is that old saw about giving someone a fish vs. teaching them how to fish. For many U.S. veterans who are returning to civilian life, learning how to fish isn’t going to cut it, they need something extra in the way of training.
Like know-how related to advanced manufacturing.
As General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of the U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces Afghanistan, and chairman of the board for Siemens Government Technologies, observed, “Often military experiences and accomplishments don’t always translate cleanly on a civilian resume. In reality, these young men and women possess the skills, traits, and leadership training necessary to not only succeed, but also excel in private industry.”
But they need a little extra.
And Siemens PLM deserves a strong shout out for initiating a training program for U.S. veterans, in which they will be providing free training in digital lifecycle management, computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, and computer-aided engineering software technology in 22 cities across the country. There are 10 classes that the vets can choose from.
This is more than “a little extra,” as Siemens will invest up to $17,000 per eligible veteran for training. That’s “serious extra.”
As Chuck Grindstaff, president and CEO of Siemens PLM software, puts it: “Siemens wants to do its part in showing our gratitude as we welcome our veterans home and for many, what they need most, is a job that allows them to re-acclimate to civilian life and support their families. We think this program will help.”
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