G.I. Jobs names top military-friendly employers

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Schneider National announced today, Nov. 8, that it has been ranked No. 6 on G.I. Jobs’ list of Top 50 Military-Friendly Employers. Schneider received the honor for its successful recruiting efforts, truck driver apprenticeship program and the benefits the company offers to reservists and veterans.

The fifth annual Top 50 Military-Friendly Employer List recognizes corporations across the United States that have made the greatest effort and had the greatest success in hiring military veterans. Constructed from more than 2,500 corporations operating in all industries, the top 50 are ranked based on their assets dedicated to military hiring, policies for Reserve and Guard members called to active duty, percentage of veterans hired in the past two years, and veteran recruitment, training and promotional programs. Just 2 percent of the total entries made this year’s list.

“It is a true honor for Schneider to be recognized two years in a row for our military-based recruiting efforts,” says Tim Fliss, executive vice president of human resources at Green Bay, Wis.-based Schneider National. “Schneider has a long history of hiring members of the military, as we share principles of safety, integrity, respect and excellence. We take pride in our programs that support the efforts of military service men and women as they transition back to civilian careers, and we appreciate the talents those individuals bring to Schneider.”

According to GI Jobs, military service brings transferable skills such as dependability, critical thinking, leadership, problem-solving and project management to the work force, and can be incorporated into a variety of jobs. Knowing this, Schneider established a truck driver apprenticeship program this year that is endorsed by the Department of Labor. All separating military members are eligible to participate in Schneider’s apprenticeship program and receive full GI benefits during the yearlong program.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certifies Schneider National’s six driver-training academies, making military veterans eligible for G.I. Bill benefits during their initial 14-day training period. Finally, realizing that each service member has different transitional needs, Schneider assists in the planning horizon for separation from the military.

At Schneider, 15 percent of office associates are veterans — including 20 percent of senior leadership — and 25 percent of driving associates. “If a service member needs or wants to have a job waiting upon separation, Schneider will accommodate that need, whether it is six months or one year down the road,” Fliss says.