RENO, Nev. —Nevada Builders Alliance, the state’s largest construction industry trade organization, signed the first statewide partnership with the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program at a signing ceremony with the U.S. Army, local and state dignitaries at noon on Monday, July 17, at Rancharrah in Reno.
The PaYS program is part of a long-term U.S. Army effort to help young men and women gain important education and training in an employment field while simultaneously serving their country. PaYS is an enlistment option for future soldiers and ROTC cadets to prepare for possible employment after active duty.
“The PaYS youth army program is a strategic partnership between the U.S. Army, organizations and private businesses, providing unique programs to reconnect the Army with America and create future soldiers and leaders.” Lt. Col. Michael Gomez, commander of the U.S. Army recruiting battalion, said.
Comprised of 750 companies in the construction industry and affiliated sectors statewide, Nevada Builders Alliance actively works with area schools, community agencies, veterans and military groups to promote a skilled workforce to spur economic development.
Through the Army PaYS program, Nevada Builders Alliance will help young veterans who are looking toward a career in the construction industry by providing introductions and job interviews upon completion of their service.
“We’ve lost a generation of workers in the industry, and our member companies are looking to hire responsible employees with a strong work ethic,” Aaron West, CEO for Nevada Builders Alliance, said. “The question I get most frequently from our members is how to get in touch with vets. We look forward to working with the U.S. Army and placing very capable individuals with our member companies.”
The signing ceremony concluded with Lt. Col. Gomez presiding over an enlistment ceremony for six new recruits.
“These programs are so important to help our vets,” Gomez said. “There’s no better organization for us to build a partnership with for our future soldiers and leaders than Nevada Builders.”
For more information on construction industry training, construction workforce development and U.S. Army PaYS, contact Pam Duxbury, outreach coordinator for the Nevada Builders Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org.