A new initiative at idX Corp.‘s Dayton division is helping area military veterans move back into the civilian workforce. In the first three months of the program, the company is already realizing the benefits go both ways.
“The vets are amazing,” says Vicki Battin, senior HR manager. “They show up on time, work hard, and have incredibly positive attitudes that are infectious.”
Based on the program’s early success, idX Dayton plans to expand its initiative to hire military veterans, both within and outside of the VA program.
idX, the global solution provider for consumer environment design, manufacturing, rollout, and installation, originally launched the program both to pay back area veterans and to fulfill the company’s growing need for a skilled work force.
“We couldn’t be happier with this program,” says Isaac Bokros, general manager. “The idX team members who work alongside the vets or talk with them during breaks are thanking us for bringing the vets to work here.”
For the initial six months of the program, five veterans are working at idX through the VA’s Therapeutic Supported Employment Services (TSES) at Dayton VA Medical Center. The organization’s Compensated Work Therapy program provides opportunities for veterans to develop and improve vocational skills in addition to eventual placement in competitive employment.
The vets are working in idX’s receiving, packaging, assembly, and material handling departments. Battin adds, “They are doing a fantastic job and will be eligible for hire at prevailing market rates once they complete their program with the VA.”
Based on the program’s early success, idX Dayton plans to expand its initiative to hire military veterans, both within and outside of the VA program. And working with the VA, the company is identifying other idX U.S.A. locations that might participate in the Compensated Work Therapy Program.