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WORK EX

Work Ex is a program tailored to introduce the job seeker to industry requirements while gaining hands-on experience and meeting specific employer needs. It is a fast-track, on-site training opportunity that leads to a guaranteed job interview for the job seeker, and allows employers to be confident that the job seeker is tried-and-true.

FOR VETERANS & SPOUSES
FOR EMPLOYERS
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FOR VETERANS & SPOUSES

WORK EX FOR VETERANS & SPOUSES

INTERNSHIPS TAILORED TO YOU

Your Work Ex Internship gives you 8 to 12 weeks of hands-on work experience and training, placing you miles ahead of the competition when you interview for the job. With Work Ex, veterans and their spouses will benefit from the following and more:

  • Real-world work experience
  • Guaranteed job interview
  • Mentorship
  • Career counseling
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

Find your ideal employer in one of two ways:

  1. Consult our business book to find a company where you want to work.

OR

  1. Strike out on your own to find your ideal employer—We’ll do the vetting.

We’ll work with the company to design a customized training plan that gives you opportunities to hone your talents.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

You begin the internship by shadowing workers at the company for a few days to determine whether it’s a good fit. If so, you are then paired with a mentor who can train you and benchmark your progress. At every step, your Camo2Commerce Career Counselor can help.

After 8 to 12 weeks, you’ll be interviewed for a permanent position—then your new career begins. You might even earn a certificate along the way.

WHO'S ELIGIBLE?
  • Are you a transitioning JBLM service member?
  • Are you married to a member of the military?

If so, this program is for you.

HOW TO LEARN MORE?

Attend an orientation at Hawk Transition Center and schedule an appointment with:

Ericka Schlueter

253-477-4080

Ericka@pacmtn.org

FOR EMPLOYERS

WORK EX FOR EXPLOYERS

WANT TO HIRE A VETERAN BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO START?

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be daunting, but veterans come with a wide range of skills and life experience that make them top-notch employees. Through a Work Ex internship, you get to know the veteran before making hiring decisions.

You customize their training and mentorship to build the skill set you need, at no cost: Transitioning service members receive military paychecks, freeing your budget to run your business. Once the internship has been successfully completed, you guarantee a job interview and often win a talented, reliable employee for years to come.

Military Spouses participate in the program as well, at no cost to you.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

Employers who meet the following requirements are eligible for the Work Ex internship:

  • Located within 50 miles of JBLM
  • Offer 8 to 12 weeks of training (max. 4 days/week)
  • Assign a mentor
  • Work with Camo2Commerce on customized training plans, risk assessments and benchmarks
  • Guarantee an interview for a currently-open position when the internship ends
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

You begin the internship by shadowing workers at the company for a few days to determine whether it’s a good fit. If so, you are then paired with a mentor who can train you and benchmark your progress. At every step, your Camo2Commerce Career Counselor can help.

After 8 to 12 weeks, you’ll be interviewed for a permanent position—then your new career begins. You might even earn a certificate along the way.

HOW TO LEARN MORE?

If you’re located in Thurston or King Counties, contact:

Michele Helfgott-Waters

Thurston County Chamber

360-375-3362

mhelfgottwaters@thurstonchamber.org

If you’re located in Pierce County, contact:

Rachel Turner-Bensen

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

253-627-2175, ext 120

rachelt@tacomachamber.org

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