As a country, we could not be more proud of the men and women who defend us and put their lives on the line for our freedom. I work with several different programs that support current and former members of the Armed Services, and what we have created and are rolling out through the NCBFAA’s Educational Institute could not be more important.
The program is called Troops To Trade, or T2T. There are people returning from service overseas or who are leaving active duty and are looking to the private sector for a career. Some worked in military logistics, others came from a variety of other specialities. Many of these people enlisted at an early age, and the military gave them the skills to do their job well. Now that they are entering the private sector workforce, many are looking for opportunities or to start a career in a new field.
Enter Troops To Trade (T2T).
We have an eager group of employers who want to hire these veterans; they just need to be trained in the field. They acquired the skills during their service that make them great people for the workforce; teamwork, collaboration and the ability to follow a chain of command. Our goal is to take those life skills and add career skills to give these heroes a chance to build a new life.
Working in conjunction with Pam Brown of Future Forwarding, we have laid the groundwork for this program and are promoting it nationwide, not just in Atlanta. The NCBFAA’s Affiliated Presidents Network is sharing this program in cities around the United States. I’m proud to be affiliated with this and look forward to sharing more in the weeks and months to come as the program continues to gain traction.
NCBFAA Press Release language below:
ORLANDO, FL – The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. Educational Institute (NEI) in partnership with the Atlanta Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) announced the Troops to Trade (T2T) initiative on April 22nd at the 41st NCBFAA Annual Conference.
The initiative is designed for the NEI and NDTA to work with U.S. military services in creating training and employment opportunities for transitioning service members into the global logistics industry.
“It is our honor and pleasure to give back to those who give so much to us. We need military personnel and employers willing to interview the candidates who have successfully completed the NEI certification courses,” stated Pam Brown (Pictured Left) and Donna Mullins (Pictured Right) who have actively advocated for the initiative since its genesis.
T2T is seeking companies engaged in import and export operations to partner in this effort to give qualified veterans opportunities to enter the industry. Any company interested in posting a vacant position may do so through this application.