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CSR Program: Veterans Program

Easing the transition to civilian life for those who serve our country

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Military veterans bring valuable skills, experience, and qualifications to the civilian workforce. But matching talent to open positions has proved daunting for both veterans and hiring companies. The Cisco Veterans Program uses technology and human networks to better connect returning service members to civilian opportunities.

What: Connect veteran talent to civilian careers

Teamwork and leadership skills, the ability to learn quickly and work under pressure, a strong work ethic and dedication to the mission. Today’s fast-moving businesses seek workers with these skills and veterans have them, but no easy way to communicate their experience. Cisco Veterans Program connects returning service members with educational opportunities and rewarding careers.

  • Cisco has provided more than $2.5 million in seed funding to Futures Inc. to develop cloud-based job pipelines that use a sophisticated algorithm to match military job codes with civilian jobs and career paths.
  • The 2013-2014 White House IT Training and Certification Program fast tracked transitioning military personnel through IT training and certification then matched them to high-demand civilian jobs. Building on this success, Cisco with several other major tech companies are planning a national IT program in the fall of 2016. In addition, state programs in North Carolina , Arizona and Virginia have been established.`
  • Cisco Networking Academy courses at military bases have helped more than 66,000 military personnel develop information and communications technology (ICT) skills since 1997.
  • Military hiring events use Cisco-funded Futures, Inc. technology to pre-match candidates to jobs; Cisco WebEx for virtual interviews increases the success rate for participants. Typical events achieved at least a 74% success rate, which is defined as interview to hire or interview to hire process.

How: Lead by example as a veteran-friendly employer

Our Veterans Program focuses on both recruiting and supporting veterans to ease their transition to civilian life. Cisco is a founding member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of companies committed to hiring 300,000 veterans by 2020, and our Veterans Enablement and Troop Support (VETS) employee organization provides mentoring and support to active and retired military personnel and their families.

  • Cisco is hiring veterans like Air Force veteran Courtney Beard , National Guardsman Marcos Rogers and Marine Stan Roberts.
  • VETS employee volunteers have installed wireless access at USO locations and Fisher Houses - facilities that provide free lodging for families of military personnel and veterans being treated at their respective military hospitals..
  • VETS employee volunteers organize an annual Veterans Career Transition Day at multiple Cisco locations and mentor transitioning military personnel who are considering an ICT career.
  • Military Times Magazine named Cisco the 13th top military-friendly company, and U.S. Veterans Magazine listed Cisco as one of the top 100 veteran employers for two years in a row.

Impact Multiplied

We know that successful, well-placed veterans within Cisco show our partners, customers, and other companies the value veterans bring to the workplace. Our investment in the innovative Futures, Inc. Pipeline has potential for matching skills and jobs across many sectors.

  • 250,000+ military service members and veterans hired using Futures pipeline technology* from January 2013 to August 2014.
  • 59% of those who completed the IT Training and Certification Program pilot and left the military said the program helped them get a job, including Andrew Marsh and Sara Harbaugh.
  • Cisco Networking Academy is preparing veterans like Warren and David Neal parlay their military experience into successful IT careers.
  • Governor McCrory credits the North Carolina For Military Employment program (Cisco founding corporate sponsor) as contributing to a 3% reduction in veteran unemployment rate in North Carolina.
  • Military hiring events that use the pre-match model developed by Futures, Inc. generate offer-to-interview ratios of more than 50 percent, compared to 5 percent for traditional hiring events.
  • Cisco Cyberscurity Scholarship announcement as part of May 5 White House Joining Forces event. Cisco pledged to train at least 1,000 veterans in the program over the next two years.
  • 330,000+ veterans hired through the Veterans Job Mission, of which Cisco is a founding member.
* Futures’ newest military talent exchange platform is called US Military Pipeline and is now available to all active duty personnel, reservists, members of the National Guard, and military dependents

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