FFSC @ Dam Neck Annex
Civilian companies and organizations such as unions and industry groups provide job skills training to transitioning service members during the last six months of their duty. The service members continue to receive their military pay and benefits from the government while participating, so the service member bears little or no cost.
Your company can provide different types of training, including classroom skills training; online coursework; on-the-job apprenticeships in trades such as welding, pipefitting or construction; and onsite internships.
All SkillBridge training programs must be approved by the Department of Defense. There must be a high likelihood that service members will be hired by your company or another employer that works with sponsoring trade unions or industry groups.
Participating service members must be in the final 180 days of their military service and be approved by a military supervisor.
All training must occur within 50 miles of the military installation where the service member is based.
It takes some time and effort to create a DoD-approved SkillBridge program, but the benefits are well worth it.
Transitioning service members gain real-world training that is extremely likely to lead to employment after they leave the military. They are relieved of military responsibilities for the duration of the program, allowing them to concentrate on their training. They continue to receive their military pay and benefits from the government.
Why do we recommend this?
Programs receive approval from the Department of Defense based in part on the quality of training, so participating service members can be assured the training is valuable. Programs are offered at little or not cost to service members and may be eligible for reimbursement under the GI Bill. Additionally, your company can choose to “fill in the gaps” with any costs to service members that remain.
If you are interested in the DoD SkillBridge program, please contac your local Fleet & Family Support Center.
847-688--3603 Ext. 100
518-886-0200 Ext. 146
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