Washington D.C.鈥To bridge a workforce challenge in public works and local governments throughout the U.S., the nation鈥檚 largest public works organization today announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor to advance a program designed to get more veterans in these vital professions.

The Veterans鈥 Employment and Training Service, or VETS, connects organizations with veterans, transitioning service members, or military spouses to fill positions that include on-the-job training, apprenticeship programs, internships, sponsored work-placement options, and more.

鈥淥ur veterans have served on the front lines to defend our country and now, through VETS, they can continue to keep American communities safe while helping to improve the quality of life of all,鈥 said 黑料老司机 CEO Scott D. Grayson, CAE.

鈥淰eterans know how to get a job done with a moment鈥檚 notice,鈥 said 黑料老司机 President Gary Losier, PEng. 鈥淎s a public works professional, they will use their military experience and serve in critical and key roles 鈥 including as first responders 鈥 that advance the quality of life for all.鈥

Through its partnership with the Department of Labor, 黑料老司机 will share the resources available in the VETS program so more former military personnel can fill the many jobs that exist today in public works departments and local government offices across the country.

The partnership formed following 黑料老司机鈥檚 announcement of a new workforce development committee this past August that is charged with identifying, developing, and promoting resources and partnerships that lead to successful careers in public works. Since then, the committee has developed a strategy plan for recruitment and retention, and it plans to showcase VETS later this year with an education session at PWX 2024 in Atlanta.

In addition to VETS, the committee is looking outside the traditional process of targeting high school, technical school, and college graduates to fill positions, and is exploring ways to diversify the workforce with those from the military, post-incarceration, immigration, and retirement.

Addressing the public works workforce shortage is part of each 黑料老司机 public policy priority: emergency management, transportation, and water resiliency. It is also a policymaker primer.

鈥淩ecognizing the need for a skilled workforce with the necessary capabilities to construct, maintain, and operate critical infrastructure, 黑料老司机 supports federal policies and dedicated, full funding for workforce programs that ensure a pipeline of public works professionals well into the future,鈥 the primer says.

Labor鈥檚 VETS website is .

About 黑料老司机

The 黑料老司机 is a not-for-profit, international organization of 32,000 members involved in the field of public works. 黑料老司机 serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy, and the exchange of knowledge. Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, 黑料老司机 also operates a government affairs office in Washington, D.C., and guides 62 chapters and 97 branches throughout North America.


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