We are excited to share news of a growing partnership with the Local Business Institute to bring our soft skills courses to more veterans and their families across the country.
For the past two years, the SAS team has been developing a comprehensive skills training course for veterans and their families who are making the shift from military service to civilian life. But the changes affecting many households because of the COVID pandemic, more people – not just veterans – are experiencing the woes of transition stress. Soft skills are one way out of the struggle and we’re excited to have the chance to bring our training curriculum to many more people in coming months.
Today we are announcing that we have a partnership in place to provide our soft skills training content for two pilot programs, one in central Texas and another in Cincinnati, Ohio. We’ll have thousands of veterans, small business owners, job seekers and people experiencing difficulties with any kind of transition taking our classes in coming months. Our work with the Local Business Institute is bringing us into a whole different set of conversations. Our content has now been accepted by the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions, The Texas Governor’s Office of Economic Development & Tourism, and the American Independent Business Alliance. We’ll start in the two pilot regions, expand across the state of Texas and move across the country with the course over the next 12-18 months.
It’s an ambitious plan for production and development but our team is ready and we’re coordinating with an amazing group of organizations to help carry some of the load. We will be providing updates over coming weeks and months, it’s been a long year for everyone and we have just kept our heads down, feet moving forward and trying to keep things going in the right direction in spite of the crazy times.
Today we are a lot closer to having the kind of impact we’ve been working toward, with so many people gaining access to these helpful, practical tools.
From the beginning, the Skills After Service team has been creating and curating content for a comprehensive soft skills training program that would deliver real-world, practical advice and insight for veterans and their family members who are transitioning out of military service and into the civilian workforce. This shift is not a simple change of address and some paperwork. There is so much more to it – and if you know, then you know. Leaving the military affects every aspect of family life. Getting some training that explains not just what working in a civilian office is like (are you working from home now?) but what the interoffice dynamics look like, what is appropriate conversation, language differences, tone, everything can seem like a foreign language.
We are putting the finishing touches on our Soft Skills program and it’s not anything like what we thought we were setting out to build. It’s bigger and better. We’re using an online portal that makes it easy to participate from anywhere, any time of day, even from a cell phone. It’s all on demand, flexible to adapt to your own schedule and the content is first rate.
There are five different learning tracks to choose from, based on your persona preference or need. There is a track for young people, new to the workforce so that veterans with teens can invite their son or daughter to take the course and get a jump on job readiness before they’re earning a paycheck. Can’t hurt. There is a leadership track, tracks for career growth, shifting to management and for those with a small business who employ others, you can send your team to class as well.
For veterans, this training is more about translation that learning new information. Veterans don’t need to relearn the importance of punctuality, respect, decision-making. It’s really more about understanding the language of work for civilians, differences in communication and knowing what to expect from others. Likewise, we’re also taking the chance to teach civilians more about how to communicate with veterans at work – it’s not just vets that need to make a shift.
We’re almost ready to roll out the curriculum. Stay tuned for updates in coming weeks!