25 percent of all new hires to be service members
NEW ORLEANS –Amtrak is actively recruiting the thousands of veterans who are returning to civilian life and inviting them to bring their leadership, strong work ethic and hightech skills to America’s Railroad®, said President and CEO Joe Boardman, a Vietnam veteran.
“Their ability to adapt to a dynamic environment, dedication and focus to safety and experience gained while on military duty is valued by Amtrak and directly contributes to meeting our company goals,” said Boardman following a tour of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
In 2013, Amtrak launched a veterans hiring initiative with the goal that 25 percent of all new hires be veterans by 2015. To meet this goal, Amtrak plans to participate in nearly 100 military hiring events and is partnering with recruiting groups that focus on veteran hiring, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes, the Wounded Warrior Project, RecruitMilitary and Army PaYS. Since the program began, more than 19 percent of all new Amtrak hires have been veterans.
“With more veterans joining our ranks, our passengers can count on Amtrak to serve them with pride and a sense of service that honors all who have come before us,” Boardman said.
Amtrak is a military friendly employer and has a long history of providing career opportunities to veterans and active military members. A team of dedicated recruiting professionals will work with returning veterans to understand their military skills, experience and training to find Amtrak career opportunities that best align with their capabilities.
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