3D-Printing Jobs Are in the Offing for Veterans

By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: October 29, 2016

Veterans, who often struggle in their search for jobs can now place their hopes in the field of 3D-printing, courtesy of a start-up company that aims to provide them with 3D-printing bootcamps.

Based on the latest Employment Situation Report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), for the month of September, the unemployment rate for veterans was at 4.3%, compared with the overall unemployment rate of 5.0%.

In addition, according to the DOL's newsletter, the unemployment rate for veterans 18-24 years of age result is 7.5%; a significant decrease from September 2016 result of 14.1%. click here

Yet challenges remain, such as meeting hostility or resentment in the workplace.

Last spring, a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs panel held a hearing on hiring preferences, where Richard Weidman, executive director for policy for Vietnam Veterans of America, said this: “We hear from some who were hired and quit after a year or so because they were ‘bored’ or ‘did not fit in.’ It seems clear to us that those who come straight from the military into the [federal government] need a mentor, perhaps an older veteran, to start learning to negotiate the corporate culture and procedures at that agency, as well as being able to understand the feelings and attitudes of the newer veteran.” - click here

Challenges are even more difficult for disabled veterans, as well as for women veterans who still face gender-related issues.

The proportion of veterans diagnosed with mental-health or substance-use disorders have increased substantially in recent years; in 2014 risk for suicide was 21 percent higher among veterans compared with civilian adults, and suicides by veterans comprise 18 percent of all suicides nationally. - click here

The good news is 3D-printing training bootcamps are going to be made available for veterans to help them get jobs in this field.

This month, the Obama administration announced a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs and America Makes to help expand 3D Veterans bootcamps to Los Angeles; San Francisco; Carson, California; Philadelphia and El Paso, Texas. The programs will teach 3D printing and manufacturing to over 400 veterans and transitioning service members.
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