Ride-sharing company Uber is developing a program to help veterans find work.
The San Francisco-based company is known for its convenient smartphone application, which connects clients with drivers for hiring purposes. Customers can also use the app to request a ride from an Uber driver.
In addition to their successful transportation business, Uber is concerned about the 21.4 percent of American military veterans out of work.
In an effort to provide work to unemployed veterans, Uber has adopted a job placement program called UberMILITARY.
According to former Secretary of Defense and Volunteer Chairman of the UberMILITARY Advisor Board, Robert Gates, the nation is witnessing how much of a struggle it is for veterans to find work after leaving service—all of which are under the age of 25.
Uber hopes that its new program will help provide the right resources to those former servicemen and women who are facing challenges within the civilian workforce.
UberMILITARY Brings in Veteran Drivers
Uber’s goal is to not only hire veterans as drivers, but to also encourage them to move into management of their very own convoy.
“Time and again, our service men and women have committed to serving our country, and UberMILITARY is committed to serving them with the economic opportunity, flexibility and entrepreneurship that are the foundation of the Uber platform," mentioned Gates.
UberMILITARY advisors believe that the main reason why veterans struggle to find work is because most businesses do not understand just how valuable service skills are to civilian jobs. However, Uber assures the company knows how to translate those skills into its workplace.
In fact, the company claims that some of their best drivers just so happen to be veterans.
Over the next year and six months, Uber will strive to hire as many as 50,000 veterans and service members through the assistance of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s program Hiring Our Heroes.
The program guarantees that its workers will have the freedom to be their own boss while at the same time earning perpetual income and benefits.
The History of Uber
The company started in 2009 as UberCab and served only the San Fransico area. In 2010 it launched its mobile application, which made Uber more accessible to customers and passengers. Uber’s transportation services are now located in more than 200 cities and 40 countries worldwide.
Uber initially provided luxury services through its program “UberBlack,” but in 2012 it launched a new program that would charge passengers cheaper fees for smaller vehicles. The “UberX” program eventually became the biggest competition for taxi and cab drivers across the United States.
Although Uber’s ride-sharing service has received backlash for what taxi companies would call “unfair taxicab practices,” it is now valued at $15 billion and continues to expand with programs like UberTaxi—a successful partnership with local taxi companies.
“Uber is transforming the fabric of more than 200 cities across the U.S. and around the world – increasing affordable and reliable transportation options, delivering unmatched earning potential to drivers, reducing drunk driving rates and powering local economic activity,” said Gates. “With hundreds of thousands of driver partners already on the platform and thousands of new jobs created by the platform every day, Uber is revolutionizing the way people move, work and live.”