The U.S. Army, GM and Raytheon Announce Training Initiative: Shifting Gears

by RPS on July 29, 2014

Partnering with The U.S. Army and General Motors, Raytheon today  announced that we’re teaming up to train transitioning Army soldiers to become service technicians at GM dealerships when they return to civilian life. The Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training Program, a multi-year partnership between Raytheon Professional Services (RPS), GM, and the Army, will begin in August at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

As one of the world’s largest training companies providing comprehensive learning solutions across many industries – commercial, government and military, RPS is uniquely positioned to help address the critical skills gap between military and civilian careers. This initiative demonstrates a strong commitment to ensuring that our transitioning veterans succeed by connecting them with education and career opportunities outside of the military service. Here are some facts about the program:

“Shifting Gears,” will be part of the Army’s “Soldier for Life” program to ensure soldiers’ successful reintegration upon leaving the Army.

  • The program will kick off at  the Fort Hood army base in Texas this August with RPS instructors teaching a 3-month on-base technician training program that includes customized classroom, online and hands-on technical training.
  • Upon course completion and program graduation, veterans receive career counseling, job-placement recommendations, and priority access to available GM technician employment opportunities through GM’s authorized dealer network.
  • This is the second such partnership Raytheon has developed together with GM. Earlier this year Raytheon played an instrumental role in the GM-UTI partnership to train UTI students to become GM technicians.

GM’s dealer network needs approximately 2,500 entry-level technicians annually. The Shifting Gears initiative will create qualified technicians who will help GM and local dealer communities, while also supporting our transitioning military personnel.

Interested in learning more about our Shifting Gears program? http://www.raytheon.com/newsroom/feature/shifting_gears.html

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