OPE hosts Employer Training Event in Greenville

On July 20, 2017 Operation Palmetto Employment held an Employer Training Event for employers interested in becoming certified as a Palmetto Military Employer (PME) and to learn more about hiring veterans, service members and their families.

To become a certified PME, there are four steps:

  1. Fill out the initial assessment.
  2. Sign the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support.
  3. Submit a letter of intent.
  4. Attend a training event.

The initial assessment and a statement of support were in the packets that each employer received when they arrived, and there was opportunity to complete them at the event., The event itself and other employer training events planned for the year can be counted as the needed training qualification in order to be certified, and the final step, submitting a letter of intent, can be completed after the event.

If an employer was not able to complete the paperwork at the event, they  walked away with at least one of the four steps completed, starting their process to become a PME, and the necessary paperwork and knowledge to complete the process later.

Of the 16 employers that attended the event, five walked away with all but the letter of intent completed. With that last step they will be certified. The five companies were:

  • Waffle House
  • Phillips Staffing
  • Bathfitters
  • Duke Foods
  • Eastside Transportation Services

Thanks to all the attendees for actively participating in an effort to find quality employment for South Carolina’s veterans.