Comcast and NBCUniversal have achieved a three-year goal of hiring 1,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative and said Wednesday they will double the pledge by committing to hire an additional 1,000 vets by 2015.
The program launched in March 2011 as a nationwide effort to help half a million veterans and military spouses find jobs by the end of 2014. Comcast and NBCU have hired veterans in network engineering, technology, operations, theme parks and resorts, programming, customer service, marketing, human resources and other parts of the company. In all, businesses have pledged to hire more than 210,000 veterans and military spouses, and 93,000 hires have been confirmed.
“Comcast and NBCUniversal are thrilled to have reached our original hiring commitment early,” said William Strahan, exec VP of Human Resources for Comcast Cable. “We have had the privilege of hiring extremely talented men and women over the last year and we look forward to making our workforce even stronger with our next wave of veterans joining our team.”
“To move the needle on veteran unemployment, it will take companies increasing their levels of veteran hiring and Comcast and NBCUniversal have stepped up to do just that,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel, executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. “Comcast and NBCUniversal are among the biggest supporters of our program and through their dedication and leadership, we are seeing a difference in how businesses across America are recognizing the value in hiring a veteran.”
The company said Comcast and NBCU have fostered a culture that supports veterans and reservists within its ranks, including employee resource groups, a mentoring program and events focused on professional and personal development.