Why Hiring Veterans Matters
By: Bobby Carbonell, Executive Director, Veterans Florida
Every business has a need for a talented workforce and today’s veterans are a great fit for any company looking for hard-working, intelligent men and women with a unique mission-focused attitude. Veterans Florida is here to help your business recruit, hire and train America’s best talent resource, our veterans.
Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the State of Florida to help veterans fully transition to civilian life in the Sunshine State. We connect veterans to employers, grant funds to employers to hire and train veterans, and educate veterans on how to open their own businesses in the Florida.
Why hire veterans? According to research conducted by Veterans Florida, hiring agents report that veterans rate significantly higher for productivity, reduced turnover and reduced training needs as compared to their civilian peers.
Whether you are hiring your first veteran or you’re a seasoned veteran-friendly employer, we can help you.
The Veterans Florida Business Training Grant program provides funding to qualifying businesses to train their new, full-time veteran employees. Funding is provided in the form of a performance-based reimbursable grant, for a 12-month maximum term per new veteran employee. A business is reimbursed by Veterans Florida for 50% of the training cost per veteran employee, with a maximum amount of $8,000 per employee.
The Veterans Florida Career Portal was recently launched as a way to connect veterans who live or would like to move to Florida with employers in the state. Businesses can register for a free account on our website, which gives them the ability to post their job announcements and search our resume database.
Veterans Florida’s comprehensive, nationwide advertising campaign draws hundreds of thousands of veterans and their families to our website to learn more about the benefits and opportunities available for them in the Sunshine State. By working with Veterans Florida, your business can tap into this audience and recruit from America’s best talent resource: our veterans.
Our Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program helped over 160 veterans start their own businesses in 2016 and we’re gearing up to start the next program in January. The program is always in need of business owners to serve as mentors and resources for our entrepreneurs in training. Florida business owners and leaders who wish to volunteer can reach out to Veterans Florida to find out more.
Businesses can find and connect with Veterans Florida online at www.veteransflorida.org.
Veterans Florida Executive Director Calls on Business Community to Unite Efforts to Hire Vets
“Just because the job title is unfamiliar doesn’t mean that person is not already trained in how to manage people, processes, and handle equipment properly.”
Bobby Carbonell, Executive Director of Veterans Florida
Florida has the nation’s third largest population of Veterans, with more than 1.5 million calling the Sunshine State home. With our state’s population expected to increase by 6 million residents by 2030, more private sector job creation will be needed as service members transition to civilian life.
Bobby Carbonell, Executive Director of Veterans Florida, recently shared his mission to connect Veterans and their families with employment, training and educational opportunities.
“We were created to help fill gaps that the state identified in joining Veterans who want to work with businesses who are looking to hire Veterans. And the other mission we have is helping Veterans who are looking for a final place to move after their service find Florida is the number one Veteran-friendly state in the country.”
Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the Florida Legislature in 2014. In addition to attracting veterans, the corporation and its partners are spearheading efforts to help business leaders translate military training in to needed skill-sets for future employees.
“We will have new programs available to help educate businesses on how to read military resumes and how to look for Veterans. Just because the job title is unfamiliar doesn’t mean that person is not already trained in how to manage people, processes, and handle equipment properly.”
Carbonell will represent Veterans Florida at the 2015 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit on August 6, 2015 in Orlando, where he will speak about trends in Veterans education, training and healthcare.
Register for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit where leaders from Florida’s military and defense industry, economic development experts, policymakers and the business community will examine current and future challenges and opportunities.