Phillips 66 and Center for America Partner to Help National Guard Members Find Jobs
HOUSTON & ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Phillips 66 (NYS: PSX) is partnering with the Center for America to become the lead corporate sponsor of American Jobs for America's Heroes (AJAH), a campaign aimed at connecting unemployed National Guard members with employers.
There are 358,000 National Guard members across the United States, and of those, approximately 60,000 are currently unemployed. AJAH is a nonprofit alliance with the National Guard to help unemployed National Guard members, veterans and spouses find skilled jobs in the private sector. More than 50 trade associations and state Chambers of Commerce representing more than 100,000 employers have already joined AJAH and are helping to promote the program to their members.
"At Phillips 66, we know that the National Guard offers outstanding experience, skills and training, and its members and veterans make valuable employees," said Larry Ziemba, executive vice president, Refining, Projects and Procurement for Phillips 66 and chair of the AJAH campaign leadership council. "We encourage other companies to step up recruitment of National Guard members and participate in the Center for America's efforts to connect these heroes with employers."
"Phillips 66 has more than a century of leadership in energy manufacturing and American job creation that now brings dynamic direction and support to the American Jobs for America's Heroes program," said Steve Nowlan, CFA president and CEO. "Phillips 66 has engaged immediately and with enthusiasm for the practical purpose of this program - employing National Guard members, spouses and veterans."
"The men and women of the National Guard and their families live in our communities and share in the struggles with today's economy. They are also highly trained volunteers ready at a moment's notice to defend America and take the lead in rescue and disaster relief, as we've seen in recent days in wake of Hurricane Sandy," said Nowlan. "Employers across America seeking trained and committed skilled workers now have the cost-free, comprehensive and ongoing resources available to connect with available National Guard members, their spouses and veterans seeking employment."
How American Jobs for America's Heroes works
AJAH provides direct, hands-on support for employers and for applicants, serving both as a critical stand-alone program and an important complement to existing employment efforts and job fairs. Job postings are plugged directly into a case management system that unifies National Guard, Employment Support for the Guard and Reserves (ESGR), and voluntary state supports groups around the nation into a unified technology infrastructure to improve matching and follow-through.
The campaign is ongoing since its inception last December, and is not limited to short-term events. Companies that register are assigned case managers who work with company recruiting staff to provide hands-on help in making matches. There are no fees to participating companies or job candidates.
Employers who want to post open positions on National Guard and veteran's job banks can sign up through the Center for America website at: www.CenterforAmerica.org/register.html
About Phillips 66
Headquartered in Houston, Phillips 66 is an advantaged downstream energy company with segment-leading Refining and Marketing (R&M), Midstream and Chemicals businesses. The company has approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. Phillips 66's R&M operations include 15 refineries with a net crude oil capacity of 2.2 million barrels per day, 10,000 branded marketing outlets, and 15,000 miles of pipeline systems. In Midstream, the company primarily conducts operations through its 50 percent interest in DCP Midstream, LLC, one of the largest natural gas gatherers and processors in the United States, with 7.2 billion cubic feet per day of gross natural gas processing capacity. Phillips 66's Chemicals business is conducted through its 50 percent interest in Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, one of the world's top producers of olefins and polyolefins with more than 30 billion pounds of net annual chemicals processing capacity across its product lines. For more information, visit www.phillips66.com or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.
About The Center for America
The Center for America (www.centerforamerica.org) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 that focuses its national efforts on educating and empowering the public about barriers to free enterprise, the need for expanded skills training and job creation, and the impact of lawsuit abuse on reducing job creation.
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