Forklift training veteransThis is a re-post of an article we published in March of 2011. We’re bringing it back to highlight the program is nearing it’s completed term. To date. Toyota-Lift of Minnesota has certified almost ninety veterans, and with a class scheduled later this month we hope to increase that number to our goal of 100 or more.

Please, if you know of a veteran in our vicinity, make her or him aware of this offer. We are working to remove just one roadblock to employment some of our veterans face when returning to the workforce.

Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) On March 16, 2011 announced the launch of the “Giving Veterans a Lift” operator safety training program. Toyota has committed $25,000 to the program, which will provide discounted forklift operator safety training for veterans and is available through the company’s nationwide network of participating dealers.

Toyota Lift of Minnesota will participate in this program despite it contradicting our decision regarding forklift training not done at the employers site [see a previous post on that here]. We acknowledge that many employers want applicants to already have forklift certification to be considered for employment. In the case of veterans, we certainly want to do what we can to aid their employment status.

Forklift Certification for Our Veterans

“Toyota and its forklift dealers are excited to make this investment and launch a program to assist America’s heroes in finding employment in an economy where Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans experience as much as 15.2 percent unemployment,” said Brett Wood, president of TMHU. “We’re glad our dealer time and knowledge base will help equip veterans with tools needed for those who seek a career in the material handling industry.”

Material handling is one of the few fields that is growing, and according to a recent Material Handling Industry of America report increased 18 percent in 2010.

The deadline to apply to the “Giving Veterans a Lift” is Dec. 31, 2011 and training must be completed by Jan. 31, 2012. For additional information, visit:

For veterans looking for additional employment assistance, Hire Heroes USA Inc.( HHUSA) provides transition assistance, job search assistance, and job placement services to those who have honorably served in the US military – and to their spouses. In order to reduce veteran unemployment, HHUSA prioritizes veterans statistically most likely to be unemployed: veterans of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, and veterans that are wounded or disabled.

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