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Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century

futurework: Chapter 6 - Box 6.4

B O X 6.4 Veterans lead the way

Every year, almost 200,000 service members leave the military and join over 15 million other veterans in the civilian labor force—all with a host of skills. These veterans stand ready and willing to meet the challenges and demands of working in the twenty-first century’s rapidly changing, global economy.

With the help of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, veterans have formed innovative labor–management partnerships to place qualified veterans in high-tech apprenticeship programs or directly into jobs. Combining classroom and on-the-job training, these apprenticeship programs help veterans qualify in many high-tech jobs, including computer programming and systems analysis, computer and telecommunications network installation, and high- and low-voltage utility system repair. These programs can be used as models for other training programs targeting older workers, youths, workers who have lost their jobs because of technological change, and others.

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