• December 4, 2021
 Workforce Solutions Borderplex Hosts Hybrid Annual Red, White & You! Hiring Event

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Workforce Solutions Borderplex Hosts Hybrid Annual Red, White & You! Hiring Event

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) is proud to host the 10th annual Hiring Red, White & You! statewide hiring event. 

This year’s event will be hybrid and there are a multitude of work opportunities for veterans, military spouses, transitioning soldiers and the general public. All jobseekers are encouraged to participate in Red, White & You.

Launched in 2011 as a joint initiative hosted by the Texas Workforce Solutions, in partnership with office of the Governor, Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission, Hiring Red, White & You! connects veterans and their spouses with employers who are seeking veterans’ exceptional skills.

The hiring events are at no cost to employers or job seekers. Since 2012 Hiring Red, White & You! has connected more than 108,288 job seekers, including 39,310 veterans and spouses, along with 18,268 employers and over 2,800 same-day hires.

“On behalf of the people of Texas, I want to thank all of our military veterans who have served this great nation and defended freedom around the world,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “As we unleash the full might of the Texas economy, it’s important to know that Texas has your back.

Greater prosperity for all begins with employment that fully utilizes your skills, dedication, and drive. That is why I encourage employers in Texas to attend a Hiring Red, White and You! event on Nov. 4.”

Connecting Texas employers to qualified former U.S. military service members and their spouses can be an asset to businesses. About 1.7 million veterans currently call Texas home.  Veterans are trained to adapt to change, take initiative and learn quickly.

By hiring more veteran and veteran spouse candidates, employers can reduce turnover, maintain a more stable workforce over time, and employers who hire veterans and their spouses may earn up to $9,600 in federal tax credits through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program.  About 20,000 service members transition out of the military each year.*

*Source: Texas Workforce Commission, Bureau of Labor Statistics

“Veterans are good candidates for many good jobs. The skills, experience, and training veterans receive in the military have a positive influence on the Texas Workforce,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “Texas employers participating in TWC’s Hiring, Red, White & You! events recognize this, too.”

The Texas Veterans Commission is preparing veterans for these hiring fairs by assisting them with applications and résumés, interviewing techniques, as well as one-on-one counseling services.

“Texas veterans bring a lot to the table: skills, maturity, an unparalleled work ethic and a tradition of selfless service to others,” said Texas Veterans Commission Chairwoman Laura Koerner. “Veteran employment events like Hiring Red, White & You! give them the opportunity to showcase their skills and earn the opportunity for a rewarding career.”

The national unemployment rate in 2020 for all veterans was 6.5 percent. In contrast, for those veterans who served in the military since September 2001, the unemployment rate was higher at 7.3 percent. There are over 1.5 million3 total veterans throughout Texas, which has the highest state population of veterans in the country.1

“Our goal is to help veterans transition to the civilian world through meaningful careers that can open up doors for them and their families,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Hiring Red, White & You! is an invaluable resource to assist veterans with their career needs. We applaud those who are attending – the veterans for their service and the employers who hire our heroes.”

More than 70 employers from the Borderplex region’s most in-demand companies plan to attend, making this the biggest hybrid hiring event of the year.

Interested employers should register at: https://portal.premiervirtual.com/event/register-company/9261-hiring-white-borderplex-region

Jobseekers planning to attend, either virtually or in-person, should register at: https://portal.premiervirtual.com/event/register-jobseeker/9261-hiring-white-borderplex-region

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