The U.S. Army has partnered with Raytheon and General Motors to offer technical training, job counseling and placement services to military veterans who are interested in entering the automotive field.
Raytheon’s professional services unit will begin conducting educational sessions next month at Fort Hood in Texas under the Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program, Raytheon said Tuesday.
The 12-week course will comprise of classroom, online and hands-on learning, and offers veterans access to employment opportunities at GM dealerships.
“Young Army veterans face unemployment rates that are more than double the national average,” said Lynn Dugle, president of Raytheon’s intelligence, information and services.
“Raytheon sees this partnership with GM and the Army as an opportunity to reduce those alarming statistics by helping position former service members for new opportunities,” Dugle added.
GM needs as many as 2,500 technicians a year, according to Raytheon.
Raytheon Professional Services and GM collaborated to establish the GM Service Technical College, which is built to provide training to GM personnel and eligible veterans.