‘Workshops For Warriors’ Helping Veterans & Transitioning Service Members Land Advanced Manufacturing Jobs – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On this Memorial Day, we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. But for those who have served our country, the transition from military to civil life is not easy. Workshops for Warriors is a national program that changes the lives of veterans.
Workshops for Warriors, headquartered in San Diego, trains, certifies, and places veterans and transitional service members in advanced manufacturing jobs.
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Rossi Patterson had a degree in business administration and was struggling to find work.
“I didn’t have a job and I saw the skills they could offer me, so I decided to go ahead and take the risk.” The four month program offers hands-on training in areas such as welding and robotics.
Patterson said workshops for warriors “have actually changed my life in the most positive sense.”
Hernan Luis y Prado is the founder and CEO of Workshops for Warriors.
He said, “It takes between four and 40 months to train a service agent to be competent in their job. But America offers them five days of training to become civilians again. “
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According to the Department of Labor, veteran unemployment in the US was 5.3% in April, up from 4.6 in March.
Hernan Luis y Prado said Workshop for Warriors offers a pipeline of skilled workforce.
“You will need a vanguard of very experienced, competent, and committed people, and that is what veterans will,” he said.
Ninety-five percent of veterans who complete the program find employment. The starting salary for a job is around $ 60,000. Workshops for Warriors is the only accredited school in the country offering free training to veterans. Many veterinarians find jobs at big companies like Tesla, Boeing, Google, and SpaceX.
Patterson got a job after graduating. He now looks after other veterans.
“They don’t know if they’re getting the next paycheck, so I’m here to walk them through the actual transition process,” he said.
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Since 2008, the nonprofit has trained more than 850 veterinarians, giving them hope and new skills to help reshape America.