Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) is partnering with the Center for America to become the lead corporate sponsor of American Jobs for America’s Heroes (AJAH), a campaign aimed at connecting unemployed National Guard members with employers.
There are 358,000 National Guard members across the United States, and of those, approximately 60,000 are currently unemployed. AJAH is a nonprofit alliance with the National Guard to help unemployed National Guard members, veterans and spouses find skilled jobs in the private sector. More than 50 trade associations and state Chambers of Commerce representing more than 100,000 employers have already joined AJAH and are helping to promote the program to their members.
“At Phillips 66, we know that the National Guard offers outstanding experience, skills and training, and its members and veterans make valuable employees,” said Larry Ziemba, executive vice president, Refining, Projects and Procurement for Phillips 66 and chair of the AJAH campaign leadership council. “We encourage other companies to step up recruitment of National Guard members and participate in the Center for America’s efforts to connect these heroes with employers.”
“Phillips 66 has more than a century of leadership in energy manufacturing and American job creation that now brings dynamic direction and support to the American Jobs for America’s Heroes program,” said Steve Nowlan, CFA president and CEO. “Phillips 66 has engaged immediately and with enthusiasm for the practical purpose of this program – employing National Guard members, spouses and veterans.”“The men and women of the National Guard and their families live in our communities and share in the struggles with today’s economy. They are also highly trained volunteers ready at a moment’s notice to defend America and take the lead in rescue and disaster relief, as we’ve seen in recent days in wake of Hurricane Sandy,” said Nowlan. “Employers across America seeking trained and committed skilled workers now have the cost-free, comprehensive and ongoing resources available to connect with available National Guard members, their spouses and veterans seeking employment.”
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