In addition, Siemens has established special programs to address its hiring needs. As recently acknowledged by the White House, Siemens has had great success in hiring our nation’s veterans. Not only is this the right thing to do, this bring brings to the workforce the leadership and technical skills that enable our business to succeed. At the start of 2011, Siemens pledged to fill ten percent of the company’s 3,000 open positions with veterans. This goal was exceeded, a revised goal was set, and Siemens is now actively seeking to fill an additional 150 positions with veterans. In addition to this hiring commitment, Siemens has also mobilized job training mentoring initiatives through the Siemens Veterans Network, the first national employee resource group at Siemens.
A second initiative has been the establishment of a strategic intern program where future hiring needs are identified, highly qualified interns are recruited on campus, and the top performing interns are offered regular full-time positions as much as twelve months prior to graduation, withactive employment as regular full-time Siemens employees to start at that point. Active employment may then include participation in early leadership programs in technical fields, including engineering, accounting and finance, and sales positions.A skilled workforce has been a historic strength in America, but more and more jobs require science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and we are having trouble finding workers with these backgrounds. At Siemens, we’re committed to helping encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers right here in America. An example of this commitment is our involvement in programs like Siemens Science Days and the Siemens Competition that target students as early as elementary school to excite them about STEM and show them that there’s a cool career waiting for them if they choose.