2017-11-09 / Business

TIA offers assistance to veterans

Military veterans are highly skilled and trained, possessing many valuable skills such as teamwork, leadership and technical skills.

“Individuals with these talents are vi­tal components of the talent pool needed to fill the many in-demand jobs here in Michigan,” according to a press release from the Michigan Talent Investment Agency (TIA). The TIA is working daily to connect Michigan veterans with the training and other assistance needed to develop new careers as they return to communities after active military ser­vice.

As Veterans Day approaches, TIA recognizes the many sacrifices made by valued veterans and their families. This recognition occurs every day through the many training and employment ser­vices provided by the entire TIA team, and through many partners, including Michigan Works! teams, across the state. In honor of Veterans Day, TIA will be highlighting all week the variety of ser­vices available specifically to veterans to increase awareness of how it can help, and reemphasize TIA’s commitment to providing outstanding customer service, the press release stated.

“Time and time again, we have seen veterans exceed employer expecta­tions,” TIA Director Wanda M. Stokes said. “Veterans bring unique qualities to the workforce such as a commitment to teamwork and diversity, leadership and technical skills. Employers with hard-to- fill jobs should look to veterans and their skills.”

TIA programs and resources de­signed to assist veterans leverage their talents and skills to develop new careers include:

• The MiTalent.org website, which has a dedicated section aimed at help­ing veterans find jobs and links to other benefits. The page also includes links for programs aimed at employers looking to hire veterans.

• Michigan Works!, which offers workshops and training to increase chances for finding employment.

• The Michigan State Approving Agency, which is located within TIA and approves education/training facilities to allow veterans and other eligible depen­dents to make use of their GI Bill bene­fits in Michigan. The state has more than 700 approved educational institutions, apprenticeship training and on-the-job training sites offering training to military personnel, veterans and others who are eligible.

• The TIA Pathfinder tool, which is at pathfinder.mitalent.org.

• Veterans Career Advisors, located in Michigan Works! Service Centers dedicated to helping veterans overcome potential barriers to employment.

• Information to help veterans and spouses, who are eligible for a prior­ity of services for a variety of Michigan Works! programs. For information call (800) 285-9675.

• Information on how veterans may be eligible for VA education benefits while participating in approved appren­ticeship programs.

For information, visit www.michi­gan. gov/tia.

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