Leverage SkillBridge to Upskill Military Talent with the Help of Orion Talent

HireSkills™ Consulting from Orion Talent can help you form strategic pipelines of valuable upskilled and reskilled military talent to close the skills gap.

Hireskills - Form strategic pipelines of valuable upskilled and reskilled military talent

Why Partner with Orion Talent

Building on Orion Talent's 30+ years of experience in the talent acquisition field, our HireSkills™ solution helps clients navigate complex government programs, including Department of Defense's SkillBridge and Department of Labor apprenticeships as well as other veteran and military spouse training and upskilling programs. While invaluable for expanding access to military talent, these programs can be time-consuming to stand up and manage. Orion Talent will partner with clients to create a seamless pipeline that creates a minimal burden on your team.

These partnerships represent excellent avenues through which to build large-scale talent pipelines. By upskilling and reskilling military, veterans, and civilians, companies can tap into existing expertise while providing these men and women with workplace-relevant knowledge and advanced skills.

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Why Take Advantage of a Department of Defense SkillBridge Partnership?

What is SkillBridge?

Department of Defense SkillBridge is a program that offers skills training and internships to transitioning service members through an Authorized SkillBridge Organization. Authorized Skillbridge organizations are companies or nonprofits whose programs have been approved by the Department of Defense because they represent an opportunity for service members to gain skills that make them more employable on transition from the military. These opportunities take place during a service member's last 180 days of Service. During this time, the service member trains and learns from an industry partner while still receiving military compensation and benefits.

Why Take Advantage of a Department of Defense SkillBridge Consultancy
How can utilizing Skillbridge improve your business?

How can utilizing Skillbridge improve your business?

Each year, approximately 200,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces will transition out of the military. Through carefully crafted SkillBridge programs designed to meet their specific workforce needs, industry partners gain early access to these service members' experience, skills, and work ethic. Because the U.S. Department of Defense pays the service member's salary and benefits while the service member participates in a SkillBridge program during their final 180 days of service, there is no cost for leveraging and upskilling this unique talent pool.

Creating and managing an approved Skillbridge program is a way for companies to expand their access to this highly sought-after talent pool by upskilling and preparing candidates before they become full-time hires.

Three Ways to Engage Orion Talent's SkillBridge Strategic Partnership

Laura Schmiegel, SVP, Strategic Partnerships

Meet Laura Schmiegel, SVP, Strategic Partnerships

Laura Schmiegel joins Orion Talent from Booz Allen Hamilton where she served as Head of Military and Veteran Affairs, leading all aspects of the firm's military partnership strategy and advising the firm's military recruiting, diversity and government relations teams. Laura was a founding member and Chairman of the Board at Blue Star Families, then created and directed the military spouse program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes. Her writing has been published in the Washington Post and The Hill.

In 2021, Laura was awarded the Hiring Our Heroes Colonel Michael Endres Leadership Award for Individual Excellence, for an individual who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in employment opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. Laura leverages her distinguished experience to bolster Orion Talent's commitment to our military DNA by facilitating government, veteran, and channel partnerships, including DoD SkillBridge, DoL apprenticeships, and other veteran resource groups training and upskilling programs.


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SkillBridge Program FAQS

How upskilling your workforce benefits your organization?

Upskilling enables companies to expand access to valuable military talent while upskilling them with the specific traits necessary to best perform their job. This allows a company to gain a competitive edge and stay ahead of the growing skills gap.

What does upskilling mean?

Upskilling is the process of ongoing learning and development that increases an intern or employee's abilities. This type of training includes instructor-led training, on-the-job training or online training.

What other programs can we take advantage of to upskill our candidate pool?

There are many types of government, veteran, and channel partnerships, including Department of Defense SkillBridge and Department of Labor apprenticeships, as well as other veteran resource groups training and upskilling programs.

How do I become a SkillBridge provider?

To become an Authorized SkillBridge Organization, companies must:

  • Have a clearly defined job training and career development program designed to enhance opportunities for transitioning servicemembers.
  • Commit to a 100% interview rate and a high probability of conversion to full time employment for the servicemember on transition.
  • Have evidence that your industry is in demand and has opportunities for professional advancement beyond initial employment.
  • Commit to developing and supervising your Skillbridge participants throughout the program to ensure a high conversion rate.

If an organization can attest to these requirements, they must then complete a detailed proposal including proposed skills training, schedules and stakeholder engagement plan, and a preliminary questionnaire. On approval by the Department of Defense, the organization is then added to the Authorized Skillbridge Organizations list and can begin recruiting candidates to their program.

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