PCSO Partners with SkillBridge

DoD program helps service members transition to civilian life

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is the first agency in the nation to participate in the Department of Defense SkillBridge Program, helping military service members trasition into civilian jobs.

The SkillBridge initiative helps link military occupations to civilian jobs and promotes employment training, apprenticeships and internships for transitioning military service members meeting specific qualifications. Active-duty troops can receive entry-level utility training in their last six months before separation.

“Transitioning out of military service is hard. Veterans can easily fail without a stable foundation, and employment plays a huge role in their success,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. “The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is excited about this new partnership and sees this program as a huge win for the department and our veterans.”

“This announcement is just the latest example of how leveraging our new SkillBridge authority can help in easing the transition of our service members to civilian life – while delivering real value to the American economy,” said Frank C. DiGiovanni, DoD’s director of force readiness and training.

For an employer training program to qualify for partnership with SkillBridge, the 8 to 12-week training must lead to a “high probability” of employment and must be provided at little or no cost to service members.

PCSO is looking to place participating service members in academy positions for sworn law enforcement and detention officers. The service members remain paid and insured by the DoD, while PCSO maintains control authority and the right to select.

PCSO administrators’  hope is to make participating service members an offer for a full-time position upon completion of training.

Photo above by Stacy Brumley, www.sxc.hu

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