Chris Cortez, vice president of military affairs at Microsoft, has said that efforts must be put into supporting the transition of former service members to private-sector jobs through education programs and reskilling initiatives.
He wrote in LinkedIn post published Friday that companies must be encouraged to â€œthink more broadly about how veterans contribute to corporate culturesâ€ and how tools can be used to promote veteransâ€™ growth in the workplace.
According to Cortez, Microsoftâ€™s Software and Systems Academy reskilling program has helped improve veteransâ€™ employment status and resulted in retention rates of more than 80 percent over a two-year period.
MSSA covers training in â€œsoft skillsâ€ as well as â€œin-demandâ€ areas like cloud application development. The program also has over 500 partners to help simplify the hiring process.
â€œVeteran recruiting and training supports the men and women who have bravely served our country â€” and creates a rich, diverse talent pool that companies across the U.S. can benefit from,â€ he said. â€œEducation and skills training are not one-size-fits-all, and we must continue the work of creating new avenues for people of all backgrounds to gain the skills they need to participate in todayâ€™s digital economy.â€