The DoD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners in real-world job experiences.
For Service members SkillBridge provides an invaluable chance to work and learn in civilian career areas. For industry partners SkillBridge is an opportunity to access and leverage the world’s most highly trained and motivated workforce at no cost. Service members participating in SkillBridge receive their military compensation and benefits, and industry partners provide the training and work experience.
SkillBridge is an excellent benefit for installation and Unit Commanders who have members nearing military separation. SkillBridge can help Service members bridge the gap between the end of service and the beginning of their civilian careers. Commanders can greatly ease this transition to civilian life by supporting their reports’ interest in SkillBridge. When mission permits, Commanders who support SkillBridge participation are helping their personnel transition more seamlessly from service to a civilian career with a trusted employer.
Separating Service members can be granted up to 180 days of permissive duty to focus solely on training full-time with approved industry partners after unit commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) provides written authorization and approval. These industry partners offer real-world training and work experience in in-demand fields of work while having the opportunity to evaluate the Service member’s suitability for the work.
Turtle Creek's initial participant in the Skills Bridge Program is TSGT Ronald Scott. Scott began his Internship on May 1, 2020 and he is working directly with Javier Arias, President of Turtle Creek Construction, to learn more about the strategy of Turtle Creek.
Scott's mentor for the program, Dave Gregory, Chief People Officer for Turtle Creek shared these thoughts about the Skills Bridge Program and TSGT Scott, "We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with someone of TSGT Scott's caliber. While his military experience was impressive and intriguing, it was his results in the ADVanced Insights Profile which demonstrated he had great potential to help us. I'm looking forward to the next few weeks and mentoring TSGT Scott. We are committed to hiring people with military experience or spouses of military members. Participating in the Skills Bridge Program is an excellent way for the military member to get to know us and for us to get to know them."
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