Manufacturers Take Recruitment Of Veterans Into Own Hands

Jun 9, 2017

An Indiana logistics council wants to better connect military veterans with advanced manufacturing jobs.

Conexus Indiana will partner with five big Indiana firms to run a new vet-focused jobs site that could eventually expand to other industries.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, in Lafayette, is among those working with Conexus on the program, called INVets. Human resources manager Brad Rohrer says Subaru recruited veterans at Kentucky’s Fort Campbell during its last big hiring push.

“They bring a work ethic and dedication that’s very strong,” he says. “And the other piece of it is teamwork – our industry really requires teamwork as an essential function, and the military is a great example of teamwork.

But he says some veterans have different needs than most job-seekers. It can be hard to translate military qualifications to a civilian resume, for one thing.

The INVets job site will help with that, Rohrer says, and offer details about high-tech Indiana job openings and life in the towns where they’re located.

The state has pushed Indiana companies to hire veterans, too, as part of long-term workforce and career education reforms.

“The employer-driven initiatives are really going to be the key, along with the partnerships we develop with education,” he says. “So we can actually make a holistic approach to the workforce needs, and not individually.”

Though veterans’ unemployment remains low in Indiana, Rohrer says the program is just as much about bringing new workers to the state. He says INVets leaders will visit every major military base in the country to launch the new service.

Other companies spearheading the program include Indiana’s Honda and Toyota branches, Faurecia and Allison Transmission.