Surfing around the Net over the past few days has given us some wonderful insights into private, publicly-traded corporations of all kinds.
For example, Southern Company (SO) has just completed a course for military that will enable the soldiers to go right into a private-sector job as soon as they leave the service.
Here are some snippets from the company’s PR people:
A “Troops to Energy” jobs founding member, SO partnered with the U.S. Army to develop a program to train service members stationed at Fort Stewart military base. All 10 soldiers who completed the three-week training course – which included segments on safety and compliance, as well as experience with tools and equipment – received job offers from SO subsidiary Georgia Power.
“As a longtime supporter of the military, SO is proud to enhance our recruitment efforts through this innovative partnership with the U.S. Army,” said SO Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene. “Bringing this specialized training veterans, helps them transition to civilian life while putting their skills to work for the benefit of the customers we serve.”
The new training program at Fort Stewart was developed in support of Soldier for Life, a U.S. Army program designed to assist military service members and their families in the transition from active duty to the civilian job market.
Southern Company believes that military service members’ commitment to safety, teamwork and excellence in their work aligns well with the core values of the utility industry. Ten percent of the Southern Company system’s 26,000 employees are veterans or serve in the National Guard or Reserve. Veterans account for 14 percent of the system’s new hires this year.
Southern Company is the top-ranked energy company and No. 3 overall in the 2014 DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Veterans, the top-ranked energy company and No. 13 overall in the Military Times EDGE Best for Vets: Employers 2014 survey and among the Most Valuable Employers for Military® by CivilianJobs.com for five consecutive years.