Koret’s Veterans Initiative: Serving those who have served our country

Workforce development: Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin

Koret’s Veterans Initiative: Serving those who have served our country

Workforce development: Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin

In the spring of 2019, Koret launched a new grantmaking initiative to support local military veterans. We selected six high-performing organizations working to address key barriers for returning service members. Read how three of them are helping veterans as they rejoin civilian life in the Bay Area.

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Workforce development: Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin
Jul 2019 | Special Projects

Historically in the United States, there used to be explicit preferences for hiring veterans in many industries and in the civil service. But as we’ve moved away from the draft and toward a volunteer military, only a subset of veterans gets training in technology that is readily transferable to the private sector.

There are many federal government job training programs, but they don’t often follow up with the veterans they’ve trained for long afterward, so we’re not sure how they do in terms of longterm placement. So it’s important that veterans are connected to a workforce development program that has a history of placing people in permanent jobs, and that’s where Goodwill comes in.

Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin has launched a new career training program for veterans, built on the organization’s 100-year history of solid workforce development. By designing a new training curriculum specifically for veterans, Goodwill is creating a pathway to sustainable careers while helping veterans to develop a support network of their peers. The idea behind this and similar grants is to better inform the veterans of the opportunities that await them if they upgrade their skills or learn new skills, and to put them in a program that steers them to the jobs that exist in the modern civilian economy.

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