NEI Veterans to Trade Program Is a Life Changer
With education its tool and advancement its goal, the NEI’s Veterans to Trade (V2T) Program has been a life changer for at least one Navy veteran. Future Forwarding Company’s Anthony Adams was working in the company’s Warehouse Returns Department when the firm’s Vice President Pam Brown, one of Veterans 2 Trade’s founders, took a moment to discuss the possibility of advancement through education with him and others.
“Pam (Brown) sat down with us, discussing import and export positions, and the courses,” Adams said. “Six months later, I signed up for the course.” He notes there was competition to take the course, and he was grateful for the opportunity, calling it something “completely new.”
Adams spent 4 years in the Navy, where he worked in IT. He joined Future Forwarding Company in September 2015 as a warehouse associate, where he worked until he was promoted to his current position of Import Agent after earning his Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) certification. Adams was one of seven applicants considered for the position and due to the knowledge obtained through the CCS course he was selected as the best candidate.
While Adams admits the course was a bit challenging for him at first, he also said it was very interesting, and even rather fun. When asked about the impact the course has had on his career, he cites the stark difference between a military and civilian resume – “They are day and night,” he says. “Having this certification makes you more attractive to civilian employers.”
The V2T Program is meant to give veterans like Adams opportunities they may not get otherwise. The project is a pathway for service members who hold job specialties in traffic management to achieve credentialing and certification in customs and export specialties. The program allows military personnel the opportunity to attain credentialing and certification while on, or following, active duty that will facilitate their transition into civilian industry. By participating in, and completing these programs, qualified veterans have a chance to be matched with companies that are looking for their skills and experience.
If you would like more information on the program, please contact NEI Director Cecilia Ferrara at firstname.lastname@example.org.