The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals Joins Alliance Campaign to Post Jobs for 60,000 Unemployed National Guard Members

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Call of Duty to American Businesses: Register and Post Your Jobs for Available Skilled Workforce Background information available at http://www.centerforamerica.org

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is joining with The National Guard, Center for America (CFA) the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN), and Corporate America Supports You (CASY) to support the “American Jobs for America’s Heroes” (AJAH) campaign to encourage businesses to post jobs for 60,000 unemployed National Guard members.

With unemployment among the 358,000 serving Guard Members at or above 15 percent in most areas of the nation, the campaign provides direct services to connect the trained workforce in the Guard with employers in need of skilled workers and professionals.

“The National Guard is always ready at a moment’s notice to help communities across the country when disaster strikes,” said Bill Weber, President and CEO of APSP. “APSP is proud that many employees in our industry are part of the National Guard family. Now it’s time for our industry and companies everywhere to step up and help the National Guard by posting jobs through this campaign.”

“One of the biggest challenges facing employers right now is finding skilled workers and professionals to fill open jobs,” said Steve Nowlan, President, Center for America. “Thousands of trained, skilled men and women in the National Guard, veterans, and their spouses can help fill that need. Families and communities will benefit from the economic boost. ‘American Jobs for America’s Heroes’ brings together employers and Guard Members in a practical way that works.”

The simple process to register and post jobs “will help streamline the application process and allow applicants and employers to connect more quickly than in many job search environments,” said Nowlan.

APSP is the world’s largest international trade association representing the swimming pool, spa, and hot tub industry. Its mission is to promote consumer safety and enjoyment of industry products while enhancing the business success of its members. Members adhere to a code of business ethics and share a commitment to public health and safety in the use of pools, spas and hot tubs. Since 1985, APSP has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute as the recognized Standards Developing Organization to produce the nation’s swimming pool, spa and hot tub standards. APSP member companies include manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers and service professionals. For more information about the APSP please visit APSP.org.

To date, more than 30 trade and professional associations and state Chambers of Commerce have joined the effort to encourage thousands of companies across America to register and post jobs to connect with thousands of National Guard Members, retirees, veterans and spouses who have skills and training to fill thousands of jobs.

Companies can register here: http://www.CenterForAmerica.org/register.html

How American Jobs for America’s Heroes Works

AJAH provides direct, hands-on support for employers and for applicants, serving both as a critical stand-alone program and an important complement to existing employment efforts and job fairs. Job postings are plugged directly into a case management system that unifies National Guard, Employment Support for the Guard and Reserves (ESGR), and voluntary state supports groups around the nation into a unified technology infrastructure to improve matching and follow-through.

The campaign is ongoing throughout the year, not limited to short-term events. Companies that register are assigned case managers who work with company recruiting staff to provide hands-on help in making matches. Best of all, there are no fees to participating companies or job candidates.

“APSP supports the campaign, which is consistent with our longstanding skills training and education outreach efforts. We encourage our members and all employers to step forward with job opportunities to find the talent that exists among the National Guard and their families,” said Weber.

“According to recent studies, as many as 600,000 skilled jobs are going unfilled right now across America because employers can’t find qualified applicants. Connecting these employers with the talented and trained workforce available through the National Guard is a top priority for both the unemployed and for the American economy,” said Nowlan. “We’ve got a crisis in America – too many talented National Guard Members are currently seeking employment, and too many skilled jobs are unfilled right now. Connecting America’s heroes with American jobs is a way that every business can help get the American economy back on track.”

“The majority of new jobs are created by small and mid-size companies, so this alliance seeks available job postings from one of the great engines of job creation in America,” said Stacy Bayton, MSCCN Executive Director. “This campaign provides practical hope and opportunity for the skilled workforce that exists in the men and women of the National Guard, veterans and their families.”

The Center for America (http://www.centerforamerica.org), which is coordinating the American Jobs for America’s Heroes campaign, is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 that focuses on educating and empowering the public about problems that hold back economic growth, such as the need for expanded skills training opportunities for young people and transitional workers, and the impact of lawsuit abuse on entrepreneurship and consumers.

Corporate America Supports You and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (http://www.msccn.org) are non-profit organizations founded in 2004. Their mission is to help transitioning military, veterans, military spouses, war wounded, and caregivers of war wounded gain civilian employment. They focus on employment readiness, applicant referral, job training, and job placement assistance. Operated and managed by a team of military spouses, veterans, and caregivers of war wounded, CASY and MSCCN have provided help for more than 3.5 million military personnel since its founding.

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