Thanks to everyone involved in putting on this terrific job fair for veterans at Pease. In addition to have a chance to speak to several of our local vets, I got to speak to LTC Partners COO Kevin Hill about the process they use to match qualified veterans with local employers and the levels of success they’ve enjoyed. When a veteran finds a job that allows her or him to make a home on the Seacoast, we all win. (read the original here.)
LTC Partners Career Fair Deemed Successful in Portsmouth
The Career Fair was designed to connect members of the U.S. Armed Services, veterans, and their families with employers.
By Jamie Wilkins (Patch Staff) – October 27, 2016 10:00 am ET
(Portsmouth, NH) – Nearly 50 employers from the Seacoast area and beyond, representing a wide array of industries, met with more than 150 prospective employees at the LTC Partners Veterans Career Fair. The event was designed to connect members of the U.S. Armed Services, veterans, and their families with qualified employers, employment agencies, educational opportunities and service providers offering career assistance. LTC Partners reported that a number of veterans were hired on the spot and that 55% of employers have scheduled an interview since the event. Forty-five percent have provided other services, such as referrals.
Among the local and national companies who participated were:
High Liner Foods
John Hancock Financial Services
Veterans services such as Veterans Count, and services offering resume writing assistance
Wentworth by the Sea
Five regional staffing agencies
In addition to the connections made by attendees, the day featured an opening ceremony with Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond, executive director of Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for Service Members, Post-9/11 Veterans and their Families through clinical care, wellness, education and research.
“By coming here today, you’re really demonstrating well beyond ‘thank you for your service.’ You’re actually trying to help [veterans] with their transition,” said General Hammond to employers. “To a veteran, having a meaningful job really can mean the difference between a good transition and a bad transition. They’ve hit the pause button to volunteer their time, blood and service for their country. When these young men and women returned home they either didn’t have the time to go to tech school or college, or they’re missing that four years of experience in the workplace. So it’s kind of an uneven playing field for them when they first step out. Most of our young men and women are highly adaptive learners; they’re agile thinkers; they’re team players. They can figure out anything you need them to do.”
Also represented at the event were delegates from U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reading statements of support. NH State Senator Martha Fuller Clark was in attendance.
“We’re tremendously grateful to the employers who came to meet with veterans and their families, many of whom made connections that will lead to meaningful employment,” said Paul Forte, CEO of LTC Partners. “Their presence at this event, along with that of our esteemed guests and elected officials, demonstrate that we are willing to aid our veterans with more than words.”
LTC Partners has been actively involved in veterans’ issues for a number of years. A key supporter of Veterans Count and other veterans’ organizations, it has also increased its employment efforts by partnering with numerous agencies, attending veteran-only job fairs, and setting up automatic feeds to the Veterans’ Job Bank. LTC Partners has also worked with New Hampshire Employment Security to locate candidates who are former members of the military. Today, 30 LTC Partners employees are veterans. All LTC Partners employment applicants are screened for veteran status, the company working with hiring managers to adapt transferable skills to its business.
In addition to its hiring practices, LTC Partners has sponsored the annual Seacoast Veterans Conference, has provided support for the New Hampshire office of Health and Human Services’ community-based military programs, and has collaborated with IHeartRadio on its “Show Your Stripes” campaign.
LTC Partners Background LTC Partners® (Long Term Care Partners, LLC®, or LTCP®), a diversified third-party administrator of large-scale insurance and benefits programs, was founded in 2002. It administers both the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program and BENEFEDS (a secure enrollment and premium administration platform) under the oversight of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The company is located at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, NH. LTC Partners is a wholly owned subsidiary of John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company.