LafargeHolcim, Army partner for veterans

By |  April 2, 2018

It’s no secret labor is an issue that has plagued the aggregate industry in recent years.

While industry businesses attempt to create direct pipelines to potential workers, LafargeHolcim and the U.S. Army collectively came to a solution that should serve both the company and military veterans well.

Denise Devereaux, VP of organization and human Resources at LafargeHolcim, with Lt. Col. Derek Keller of the U.S. Army. Photo courtesy of LafargeHolcim.

LafargeHolcim, a building materials provider, partnered with the U.S. Army’s Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program to provide opportunities for American veterans in the workforce following their service. The partnership serves as part of a recruitment option that allows students to serve while also preparing for their future.

“LafargeHolcim is grateful for our veterans’ service and proud to join this program,” says Denise Devereaux, vice president of organization and human resources for LafargeHolcim in the U.S. “Our talented workforce is made stronger with our veteran employees.”

The program allows LafargeHolcim employees to work alongside Army recruiters and ROTC programs to mentor future soldiers and professionals. While serving, soldiers learn technical skills that can be translated to many industries, including the building materials industry. 

“A workforce recruiting pathway focused on military veterans is a natural fit for our business due to the skills and values that align with LafargeHolcim, including teamwork, performance, accountability and a focus on health and safety,” Devereaux adds.

PaYS partners, in turn, guarantee job interviews and possible employment to future soldiers and ROTC cadets after their Army service. The organization also works with individuals on interview advice, resume improvement and building job qualifications.

 “This partnership will contribute to helping today’s heroes, the American soldier, after they serve this great country of ours,” says Lt. Col. Derek Keller, U.S. Army.

Zach Mentz

About the Author:

Zach Mentz is the managing editor for both Pit & Quarry and Portable Plants magazines. Zach is a graduate of the Tim Russert Department of Communications at John Carroll University. His previous experience also includes time spent in the Cleveland Indians communications department.

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