Manufacturers throughout the country continue to struggle to find highly skilled workers to meet the needs of today’s manufacturing jobs. Companies and organizations such as the NAM’s affiliate, The Manufacturing Institute, are working on programs to help get workers the skills they need to succeed in advanced manufacturing.  

Last week SAP Americas launched a new program called Veterans to Work which will train and certify U.S. veterans on database and technology, analytics and enterprise mobility solutions. The company’s goal is to provide 1,000 veterans full scholarships over the next 12 months to help them launch new careers in IT.

“Our goal is not to find one-time jobs for veterans,” said Steve Lucas, executive vice president, Database & Technology, SAP. “We believe it is critical to provide deserving and qualified veterans the powerful technical tools they need to jump start a lifelong career in highly in-demand, innovative fields with significant potential for growth.”

This is great news for veterans looking to grow their skills for a career in a growing field. Earlier this fall several manufacturers teamed together with the Manufacturing Institute to form Get Skills to Work which is a collaborative program to join manufacturers and educators together to place veterans in long-term careers. It’s essential for our economy and the future of manufacturing that we continue to provide training to veterans and students to alleviate the shortage of skilled workers we currently face.

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