Happy Veterans Day! Today, we'd like to express our deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation to our veterans for their brave and selfless service to our country. On behalf of our commitment to enabling veterans with the tools to succeed in tech, we're excited to announce a new collaboration with Fortinet!
In the U.S. alone, there are over 450,000 IT job openings, and many of these vacancies are well-suited for veterans who have received technology training throughout their careers. The security engineering unemployment rate is .0% with six of the top 10 highest demanded job titles landing in the technology sector, yet the post-9/11 veteran unemployment rate is over 3%. This new partnership, which will remain intact with the merger between Continuum and ConnectWise, seeks to close this skills gap by providing training and financial support to veterans.
A Partnership Driving Veteran Education
“Fortinet welcomes Continuum to our ecosystem of partners looking to hire participants and graduates from our FortiVet program,” highlighted Sandra Wheatley, SVP of marketing programs and corporate communications at Fortinet. “We are excited to collaborate with the CVF to provide comprehensive cybersecurity training, certifications and career preparation to military personnel as they transition to civilian careers.”
Since 2012, the Continuum Veterans Foundation has worked to empower those who have served with distinction through financial support to veteran employment organizations, helping returning troops find jobs today and tomorrow. The CVF has donated more than $150,000 to organizations like Hire Heroes USA who have provided hundreds of veterans, transitioning troops and spouses with career assistance. Additionally, Continuum employees donate a percentage of their time each year to veteran causes, and the company provides preferential hiring consideration to veterans.
The FortiVet program, which is part of Fortinet’s Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute, seeks to capitalize on the natural synergy between national defense in the Armed Services and defending critical information for businesses and government agencies. The program helps close the cybersecurity skills gap through talent creation and by facilitating the transition of exceptional military veterans and their spouses into internships or employment in the cybersecurity industry.aa
Helping Veterans Develop IT Careers
Along with being uniquely skilled to work in civilian technology jobs, veterans come with the commitment, adaptability and loyalty needed in IT. The partnership will augment these already instilled skills and values with specific technical training, certifications, mentorship and coaching that will increase their employment opportunities. By providing veterans with proper training, education and resources, they can better understand how the skills developed during their military tenure relate to civilian needs and propel them to effectively transition to a civilian career in IT or in cybersecurity.
The selection process for the program is extremely competitive and provides benefits including professional networking, interview coaching, resume review & revision, military to civilian and educational guidance, recommendation letter and more. As part of the program, every veteran is placed into a category based on their qualifications and their resume is shared accordingly both internally and with partners creating the opportunity of employment. These positions may be available at Continuum, Fortinet, or one of FortiVet’s many employer partners.
Interested Veterans and transitioning service members can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and application details.
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