I want to share something with you...let me know what you think.
Back in 2005 I came up with an idea to provide business technology training to convert skillsets of large populations of American Military members for placement into business technology jobs on their return.
The U.S. recruits, trains, and deploys large populations to go a fight various battles for us and we enable this activity by paying taxes and voting one way or another.
We invest in their becoming experts, via rapid response training initiatives, to face the biggest challenges and dangers they ever have. We put our faith and lives at risk, with theirs, banking on their ability to use their skills, personal know-how, and experience to apply what they've learned to overcome challenges and excel under pressure.
Why don't we train them to prepare for their return home?
They're responsible for life and death situations, required to run projects on time and on budget, negotiate, build bridges between opposing agenda, understand complex individual and group goals then figure out how to accomplish shared objectives as a team. They architect, strategize, plan, and orchestrate critical events and are driven to learn and update their skillsets to deal with new challenges.
Why don't we hire them into American jobs that require these skillsets?
I pitched my idea the other day while networking at an event in Oakland where Bay Area elected officials convened to discuss ideas and opportunities.
I expanded the story to include other large populations, because the more you think about it, we throw a lot of large populations who are willing to work off the cliff every day…
- Active and returning military,
- Department of Corrections,
- Unemployed or underemployed,
- Displaced or dislocated workers,
- Welfare to Work,
- Public Housing,
- Homeless to Work,
- Stay at home moms and dads,
- People with disabilities,
- Learners with disabilities,
- High school students,
- Why not junior high or elementary school kids?
Women and minorities experience serious hiring issues too as statistics and studies show.
I’ll add a page with a bunch of links to studies for your reference and study because this topic in and of itself illustrates the need we have for a new approach to hiring Americans for Americans jobs.
I’m going to do a feasibility study to figure out how to make things work, and post what I find here.
Please let me know if you'd like me to include you on what we find.
More soon...stay tuned.