HKY4Vets is honored to announce its veteran-ready employers willing to work with these partners to further engage transitioning military talent.
HICKORY, NORTH CAROLINA, USA, August 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — HICKORY, North Carolina — HKY4Vet, a community initiative powered by the private and public sectors in Catawba County that helps transitioning military and military families find career opportunities, professional connections and other resources for veterans in Metro Hickory, is honored with announce 15 Talent Connect Partners for 2022-23. Over the coming year, HKY4Vets will work alongside and on behalf of these veteran-ready employers to connect them with military and military spouse talent throughout the Southeast, while also benefiting members of the service in their search for their next goal, mission and team.
Founded and jointly led by The Catawba County Chamber and Catawba County Economic Development Corporation In 2016, HKY4Vets worked to develop a sustainable work plan based on three overarching priorities on behalf of its employer partners: Awareness, Advocacy and Access. Since its inception, HKY4Vets’ work has included best practices workshops for employers interested in recruiting and retaining military talent, advocating for public policy that keeps North Carolina competitive for transition military talent, hosting in-person and virtual hiring events and more. .
Looking ahead, HKY4Vets aims to continue to intensify its efforts in each key priority area to ultimately increase the quantity and quality of candidates for our local employers within this niche market. Over the past year, HKY4Vets has hosted four virtual hiring events with over 30 participating employers and over 165 attendees from 15 states and two foreign countries. Efforts to expand these events into some of the nation’s largest virtual military and military spouse talent recruiting events, with the goal of increasing attendance and positive outcomes for candidates and employers local, started.
Additionally, HKY4Vets aims to work with corporate partners to welcome the first cohort of “HKY4Vets Fellows” under the Department of Defense SkillBridge program, as well as to establish the first professional networking group. of the region for service and military spouses. The group, currently called HKY4Vets Professional Connections (PC) is intended to act as an immediate community for working professionals or job seekers who have recently moved to our area or who may have even lived here for decades.
“We are so grateful for the continued and new support from these 15 employer partners,” said Lindsay Keisler, co-founder of HKY4Vets and president and CEO of the Catawba County Chamber. “These companies collectively represent a tremendous economic opportunity for the best talent in our region and we look forward to working as extensions of their teams over the next year to connect both their unique opportunities and this special community to spouses. transitioning military and military personnel from Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, Fort Gordon and other installations throughout the Southeast.
“2022-2023 will be a great year for HKY4Vets and its partners,” said Nathan Huret, Co-Founder, HKY4Vets and Director of Economic Development at Catawba County Economic Development Corporation. “Over the past year, we have laid important foundations for the work to come this year. The momentum of the organization appears to be building and our efforts to work 1 on 1 with individuals/families and our employer partners are beginning to pay significant dividends and recognition as an organization. who cares and can help in this part of North Carolina.
HKY4Vets is always open to new employer partners on an ongoing basis, but the organization will be honored to work with the following employers on a sustained basis over the next year: Catawba County, Prysmian Group, Catawba Valley Health System, CommScope, Inc , HSM Solutions, Special Metals Welding Products Company, City of Hickory, Corning Optical Communications, US Conec, Sarstedt, Control Technologies, Dynamic Air Engineering (DAE) Systems, Merchants Distributors, Inc., Peoples Bank. Performance Food Group and Sutter Street Manufacturing – A division of Williams-Sonoma.
To learn more about HKY4Vets and how it might benefit you, please visit www.hky4vets.com.