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U.S. Department of Labor Awards HIRE Vets Medallion to FASTPORT in Recognition of its Mission to Employ Veterans

 
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November 8, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Labor has recognized FASTPORT as a leading Veteran-ready and military-friendly employer by naming it a recipient of the inaugural HIRE Vets Medallion Award. The Award recognizes leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining our nation’s Veterans.

FASTPORT joins 239 recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award ranging from small businesses and community-based non-profits to leading Fortune 500 companies from 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) (center) discuss the HIRE Vets Award Program and its significance with FASTPORT’s leadership present at the U.S. Department of Labor after being awarded the Gold Medallion for Veteran hiring.

Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) (center) discuss the HIRE Vets Award Program and its significance with FASTPORT’s leadership present at the U.S. Department of Labor after being awarded the Gold Medallion for Veteran hiring.

The HIRE VETS program came about when President Trump signed into law Representative Cook’s (a former U.S. Marine) bill, H.R. 244, the HIRE American Military Veterans Act) creating the HIRE Vets Medallion Program. Representative Cook said, “It’s an honor to see this legislation come to fruition. Today’s recipients deserve to be recognized for making significant strides toward hiring more veterans. Veterans who serve this country honorably shouldn’t struggle to find employment, and this bill creates an innovative system to encourage and recognize employers who make veterans a priority in their hiring practices. I look forward to seeing full implementation of the program next year.”

The Department of Labor looks forward to shining the spotlight on employers who make hiring Veterans a priority and encouraging other employers to hire our nation’s heroes.
— HON Alexander Acosta, United States Secretary of Labor
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Today, the U.S. Department of Labor recognized FASTPORT as one of the recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award during an award ceremony at the U.S. Department of Labor. The HIRE Vets Medallion Program is the only federal-level award that recognizes job creators who successfully recruit, hire, and retain America’s Veterans.

FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan (left) and VP of Military Engagement Adam Rocke (right) showcase newest award honoring Veteran hiring in American companies.

FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan (left) and VP of Military Engagement Adam Rocke (right) showcase newest award honoring Veteran hiring in American companies.

“FASTPORT is a Veteran-ready employer with a laser-focused goal to enable other employers to reach that same status,” said FASTPORT Vice President of Military Engagement Adam Rocke. “Becoming Veteran-ready is more than just achieving a point-in-time goal, though. We and our partner employers are making constant strives to increase military affinity programs, paid training programs such as Registered Apprenticeships, and other initiatives that provide a cycle of high-quality employment and care to Veterans as they begin a new career so they can flourish in the civilian job market.”

The HIRE Vets Medallion program is the result of the Department of Labor’s mission to honor employers who hire our nation’s Veteran community. The program set out a rigorous list of criteria each employer needed to fulfill to showcase the organization’s commitment to the life-cycle of Veterans’ careers, which includes their hiring, retention, and long-term development. Taken together, these attributes signal to the military community that an employer is committed to and supports their careers.

“It is significant that the DOL awarded FASTPORT the HIRE Vets Medallion so close to Veterans’ Day,” said FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan. “That day is upheld to celebrate America’s Veterans for their love of country, honor their willingness to serve and to recognize their sacrifices. FASTPORT believes that Veterans need more throughout the year, including aid to translate their knowledge, skills and abilities learned in the service into potential civilian careers. When our Veterans understand their own employment value and employers understand how Veterans can lead and grow within their organizations, the growth opportunities are limitless for them both.”

One of the ways FASTPORT has helped educate employers and help them attract these Veteran candidates is an annual Employment of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support signing ceremony where organizations across multiple industries gather at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. This year’s event will take place on Friday, December 14th when Veteran employment leaders will affirm or re-affirm their understanding of USERRA laws and their commitment to follow them as they employ members of the Guard and Reserve. To join this employer coalition, register here: https://www.fastport.com/pentagon-statement-of-support-ceremony/.









CVTA and Co-Sponsor FASTPORT Receive National Standard Apprenticeship Program Approval from the Department of Labor

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Partnership to Assist in Training

Apprenticeship-Ready Truck Drivers

Alexandria, Va., May 14, 2018 – Today, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) announced that it received approval from the Department of Labor (DOL) to be listed as a National Standard Registered Apprenticeship Program for professional truck drivers. This designation will allow CVTA member carriers to compete for discretionary apprenticeship grants and fund the pre-commercial driver’s license (CDL) portion of related training instruction (RTI). In addition, the program will expand employment opportunities through apprenticeship in the transportation and logistics sector for military Veterans and civilians alike.  

“The apprenticeship designation is an important step to have truck driving recognized as an in-demand career by Workforce Investment Board’s across the country,” said Don Lefeve, President & CEO, CVTA. “Our carrier and school members are dedicated to safety, professionalism, and meeting the demand for drivers within the trucking industry. This public-private partnership is a win for students and our country.”

CVTA’s apprenticeship standard was developed with co-sponsor and partner FASTPORT, Inc., the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Industry Intermediary for the Transportation & Logistics sector. As the intermediary, FASTPORT ensured the standard fell in accordance with the basic standards recommended by the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) as a basis from which the sponsor can work to establish an apprenticeship training program that meets the needs of an industry.

“American industry is the foundation of our country's economic competitiveness and prosperity. The challenge? Significant talent shortages and skill gaps are slowing companies' efforts to expand, innovate, and thrive. Transportation Sector growth is hampered by an aging workforce of highly-skilled and experienced workers and a lingering challenge to attract new and more diverse talent pools,” says Jose Velazquez, Deputy Administrator DOL/ETA Office of Apprenticeships. “Apprenticeship is your proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent.”

FASTPORT President Brad Bentley speaks about the importance of top-notch CDL training for military Veterans at CVTA Conference

FASTPORT President Brad Bentley speaks about the importance of top-notch CDL training for military Veterans at CVTA Conference

FASTPORT President Brad Bentley agreed, saying, “By partnering with our company on this national standard, CVTA will be able to connect these skilled and sought-after graduates with leading employers in the industry offering registered apprenticeships. This co-sponsorship is a critical element to help the trucking industry bridge experience gaps for thousands of new truck drivers, and we are thrilled to help connect these outstanding CDL graduates with real economic opportunity in the industry.” 

To learn more about Registered Apprenticeships in the transportation & logistics sector, and how to sign up to become an employer or training institution, visit transportationapprenticeships.org

 


 

Media Contact, CVTA

Kristine Gager, Director of Communications

703.642.9444 ext. 104

kristine.gager@cvta.org

 

Media Contact, FASTPORT

Dave Harrison, SME, Executive Director National Apprenticeship

479-231-9666 

Dave.Harrison@fastport.com

 

About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and train over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org

About FASTPORT

FASTPORT, Inc. is an employment software development company that builds products to help Veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching job seekers to employers actively hiring from the military community. FASTPORT, Inc. is a Department of Labor Industry Intermediary to increase apprenticeship programs for civilian and Veteran talent and has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates. For more information, visit fastport.com.

NAPFTDS and FASTPORT Co-Sponsor DOL National Standard to Help Train 10,000 CDL Apprentices

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 25, 2017 - Dallas, TX - The National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS) and FASTPORT, Inc. have partnered to co-sponsor an innovative National Standard Registered Apprenticeship Program for Professional Truck Drivers.

This new partnership will expand employment opportunities through apprenticeship in the transportation and logistics sector for military Veterans and civilians alike, by helping them enter an accredited Commercial Driver License (CDL) institution for the highest quality training.

“NAPFTDS member CDL institutions have a long-standing reputation of graduating quality professional truck drivers in the industry,” said Mark Huss, President of NAPFTDS. “By partnering with FASTPORT, we will be able to help connect more of our outstanding graduating students to great career opportunities with employers in the industry offering Registered Apprenticeships.”

NAPFTDS represents 117 publicly funded schools from 37 states across the country. Their mission is to provide the highest quality, cost-effective and up-to-date training available for the transportation/logistics industry.

“This partnership between NAPFTDS and FASTPORT is a critical element to help provide great career opportunities for NAPFTDS’ graduates and to help the industry inspire and hire over 100,000 new apprentices in the next four years,” said Bill McLennan, CEO of FASTPORT. “It is a competitive imperative for American businesses to embrace apprenticeship models and we are thrilled to be working with the NAPFTDS and its member schools to provide the pathway for employment to great career opportunities.”

Dave Harrison the Executive Director of National Apprenticeship at FASTPORT said, “This is an exciting result. This public/private partnership between the Department of Labor and industry associations is a significant pathway to meaningful career opportunities through apprenticeship on an unprecedented scale.”

Martin Garsee the Executive Director of NAPFTDS states, “Our students are our number one priority, and most of our students’ number one priority after finishing school is finding a lasting career. To help them meet that goal, NAPFTDS has committed to connect them to Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, and we believe that we are capable to training over 10,000 of these apprenticeship-ready candidates each year with this co-sponsored National Standard. With this objective in mind, we look forward to a great partnership with FASTPORT and the U.S. Department of Labor.”

About NAPFTDS

The National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS) is an organization for the promotion of public education for the transportation industry. Through membership, educators can network with other truck driving schools across the country to provide the highest quality, most cost-effective, and up-to-date training available.

About FASTPORT

FASTPORT, Inc. is an employment software development company that builds products to help Veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching job seekers to employers actively hiring from the military community.

FASTPORT, Inc. is a Department of Labor Industry Intermediary to increase apprenticeship programs for civilian and Veteran talent and has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates. For more information, visitfastport.com.