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City of Austin Offers Veterans Job Training

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Yesterday, the City of Austin and Fort Hood Garrison Commander Colonel Tom Fox announced the creation of a veterans internship program for soldiers that would leave the service within the next 180 days.

Fox said, “This internship program provides soldiers with an incredible opportunity to transition out of the military to civilian life.” The internship which will last 18 weeks will partner soldiers with City of Austin workers to learn new skills and jobs outside of their military training. Interns can compete for job openings that occur within the 18-week time slot through the normal hiring process used by the City of Austin. During the internship period, the Army will pay all salaries and benefits to the interns.

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The City of Austin currently employs 2,000 veterans and has a goal of filling 20 percent of annual job vacancies with veterans. The program will launch in the next few weeks when three soldiers begin an internship with the Fleets Services Department. “We are excited about this opportunity because it gives us access to people coming out of the military who already have a sense of discipline and commitment to a mission,” said Fleet Services Director Gerry Calk. Calk sees this is a win-win situation for both the soldiers and the Austin community. “This program not only serves the soldier’s needs, but also the City of Austin’s needs for a skilled workforce, and it provides a great service to the citizens of Austin,” Calk said.

Though businesses in the private sector have similar programs with Fort Hood, the City of Austin is the first governmental agency to roll-out a job training program for veterans.