MVPvets to Launch New Expansion in Mass. to Connect Military Veterans with Potential Employers
Nonprofit working to help more military veterans achieve careers in Massachusetts' booming medical technology and life science fields
MVPvets has set an ambitious goal of bringing 100 new Massachusetts veterans into these growing industries by next fall. It is also working to engage more Massachusetts companies in these fields so that they can host onsite re-careering events, provide mentors and potentially hire more veterans.
"Massachusetts is a global leader in innovation and life sciences, and we are proud to support initiatives like MVPvets that will help to create jobs and inspire veterans to engage in those industries,"
Programs like MVPVets complement the Baker Administration's work to support veterans through initiatives such as the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services. The Council was established in 2016 in part to improve veterans' access to employment, job training and educational opportunities.
Over the next year, MVPvets plans to host at least three events to help match veterans with potential employers, and it will increase partnerships with companies, academic institutions and with other veteran service organizations in the state. The first re-careering event is scheduled to take place at Abiomed, the Danvers-based maker of the world's smallest heart pump.
MVPvets has also added Bedford, Massachusetts, native Jayson Gilberti, Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired, as its new chief executive officer. Gilberti is a graduate of UMass Amherst and completed a Security Studies Fellowship at MIT. He also served several tours of duty overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq, and provided humanitarian support in Haiti.
"Employers want to hire veterans onto their teams, but they are often challenged finding them in our communities. MVPvets plays a crucial role in ensuring that potential employers have access to this diverse and talented pool of employees," said Gilberti. "By enabling veterans to learn about potential jobs in the life sciences, build a network of mentors and become competitive candidates for these positions, we can achieve a win-win. Massachusetts employers can address their workforce needs and veterans can transition to careers in industries where they can continue to change lives."
Founded in 2014, MVPvets is a national nonprofit that provides returning military veterans with the resources, skills and confidence they need to achieve careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
"As a veteran who has served oversees, I understand firsthand the unique challenges that come with the transition back to civilian life," said Michael Minogue, co-founder of MVPvets and the current chairman, president, CEO of Abiomed. "I've been fortunate to benefit from mentors who helped fuel my career in the medical device industry, and I hope the expansion of MVPvets in Massachusetts will help more veterans have access to similar resources and opportunities."
MVPvets is growing significantly each year, and to date has connected with more than 3,000 veterans, created a bench of 300 industry mentors, and forged an ever-expanding network of more than 350 employers, community partners, colleges and universities across the country.
"The medical technology and life science industries are experiencing tremendous growth and demand for new talent – particularly here in Massachusetts,"
Through the program, veterans have access to a variety of mentoring, training and job matching resources. This includes STEM career assessments, online skill building opportunities, more than 200 professional development and educational courses, videos and other downloadable resources, along with more than 100 educational courses for employers working with veterans.
Veterans also have access to thousands of job listings – including those from MVPvets' sponsor and partner companies – that are posted to the MVPvets online community portal, personal email notifications to veteran and hiring managers, and access to hundreds of mentors who have significant knowledge and experience in the industry.
Current Massachusetts MVPvets company partners include Abiomed, Boston Scientific, Integra LifeSciences, Insulet Corps, Siemens and Smith & Nephew.
MVPvets is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit endeavor connecting health innovation and life science companies with veteran talent ready to bring an exceptional work ethic, a broad bandwidth of skills and an extraordinary focus in achieving business goals. To register for MVPvets as either a mentor or veteran jobseeker, please visit www.mvpvets.org