Workforce Alliance Urges Employers to Take Advantage of Incentives to Hire Veterans This Memorial Day

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In observing Memorial Day 2012, Workforce Alliance is urging employers to recognize veterans for their service and for their unique skills and qualifications when seeking local employee candidates. Many Palm Beach County employers actively seek veterans through Workforce Alliance because of the qualities they have acquired while being involved in one of the most demanding professions in America. Federal tax credits of up to $9,600 per veteran hired are available to employers.

In observing Memorial Day 2012, Workforce Alliance is urging employers to recognize veterans for their service and for their unique skills and qualifications when seeking local employee candidates. Many Palm Beach County employers actively seek veterans through Workforce Alliance because of the qualities they have acquired while being involved in one of the most demanding professions in America.

Steve Craig, president and chief executive officer of Workforce Alliance, said, “Memorial Day is set aside to honor those generations of men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country and we hold them in our memory as well as our prayers. At the same time we are providing the full realm of employment and training services to today’s military personnel and veterans at our local career centers.”

Employers who wish to recruit veterans for employment or On-the-Job Training (OJT) programs, or that wish to receive information on available tax incentives, should contact a representative at Workforce Alliance by calling (561) 340-1060, ext. 2309 or 2337. Federal tax credits of up to $9,600 per veteran hired are available to employers.

This Memorial Day also caps a statewide observance of May as Military Appreciation Month. The observance began with Gov. Rick Scott’s signing a proclamation expressing the state’s support for service men and women during the month and highlighting the priority they are provided in the administration of the state’s employment programs and services. This includes services to job seekers at each of the three Workforce Alliance Career Centers in Palm Beach County.

Workforce Alliance supported the statewide Hiring Florida’s Heroes campaign during the month by participating in the job fair at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Palm Beach. More than 200 veterans contacted Workforce Alliance representatives during the event for information on job seeker services and the special assistance available to them.

Veterans who are residents of Palm Beach County, and who have not visited a Workforce Alliance Career Center for employment assistance are encouraged to call (561) 340-1060, ext. 2309 or 2337, to inquire about the special employment assistance available to veterans.

Workforce Alliance is the non-profit organization chartered by the state of Florida to lead workforce development in Palm Beach County. It operates three career centers and two Executive Transition Units and offers its professional services to all employers and job seekers in the county. For information, visit http://www.pbcalliance.com or call 1-800-556-JOBS (5627).

Contacts:
Patrick Cannan, Manager, Communications - 561.340.1060, ext. 2368 (cell: 561.452.0703)
Tom Veenstra, Director, Communications - 561.340.1061, ext. 2229

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