A coalition of construction employers and associations has collectively pledged to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years. The announcement was made Feb. 10, 2014 at A National Symposium: Veterans’ Employment in Construction, hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor and Joining Forces.
“All men and women who have sacrificed for our country in our armed services deserve opportunities for good jobs worthy of their character and their achievements,” said Secretary Perez. “The Department of Labor will do whatever it takes to help our veterans translate their skills and leadership into jobs, and I am inspired by the commitment displayed today by the construction industry and all our partners in helping to achieve that mission.”
More than 80 companies are committing their existing training and employment programs to fill new construction jobs with veterans.
Executives from several participating companies represented the construction industry at the announcement. Also at the announcement were veterans who have completed apprenticeships in the construction industry.
“Veterans are invaluable to the construction industry. Men and women who serve in the military often have the traits that are so critical to our success: agility, discipline, integrity, and the drive to get the job done right,” said Larry L. Melton, project executive for Bechtel. “Bechtel is passionate about supporting veterans and we continue to expand our efforts to hire transitioning military members.”
The construction industry is expected to outpace the steady growth of the economy in the coming years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that construction is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, with job growth of more than 1.5 million jobs between now and 2022—an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent.