Veterans: A critical workforce at SRP

July 25 is Hire a Veteran Day, a reminder to organizations nationwide that veterans are an incredible talent pool to tap into for roles at every level of an organization.

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“SRP is a great company and they value the leadership skills that you gain in the military. The military offers unique experiences and leadership opportunities that many private employers cannot offer.”

– Adam Douglas

There are 22 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces, most of whom are able and ready to engage in the workforce.

As a company, SRP recognizes the importance and benefits of hiring veterans. It seeks out ways to recruit, hire, train and support these heroes in their careers.

Matching veteran skills to employment opportunities

“I came to SRP because I wanted work-life balance, stability and benefits,” said Eamonn Urey, SRP Program Manager and master sergeant in the Army Reserve. “What I found was that it is also a great place for people who want a lot of structure and a place to think, have an opinion and be heard.”

Today, close to 10% of the SRP workforce is composed of veterans, active guards and reservists. They are filling the critical roles of mechanic, electrician, zanjero and more.

Knowing the value of aligning military experience with private sector jobs, Urey helped architect SRP’s Military to SRP Jobs database. The tool enables those who’ve served to search for roles at SRP based on their unique skills.

“You select that you were in the Navy, for example, and you search ‘turbine,’” he said. “You get back a list of SRP jobs that use that skill — turbine mechanic, steam and pipe fitters, etc. We are always looking for people for those roles at SRP.”

Supporting active guards and reservists

SRP’s work with the armed services goes beyond hiring veterans.

The company also provides benefits that support active guards and reservists, such as full pay during deployment.

Adam Douglas, a captain in the Arizona Army National Guard, recently returned from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

“The support I received while I was deployed was phenomenal,” said Douglas, a Regional Warehousing Manager at SRP. “I received care packages and texts on a regular basis, which allowed me to stay connected to my SRP family. My pay and benefits continued while I was deployed, which allowed me to completely focus on the mission and not worry about whether or not my finances were being taken care of back home.”

Investing in people like Douglas has a clear value. Those in the armed services are trained beyond just their job in the service. They’re also trained in soft skills, such as leadership.

Douglas explained, “SRP is a great company and they value the leadership skills that you gain in the military. The military offers unique experiences and leadership opportunities that many private employers cannot offer.”

SRP believes in hiring Americans who have served and recognizes the value military service members bring to our workforce as we innovate to meet the changing needs of our customers now and in the future. If you are a veteran interested in joining SRP, learn more about jobs for service members and veterans.

For more than 100 years, SRP has served Arizona by providing the critical services of water and power. Today, SRP builds upon that mission by ensuring Arizonans who work for our company have access to critical benefits, such as maternal and paternal leave, adoption support and more.

Melissa Forbes

Melissa Forbes

Melissa is a communications consultant on SRP's Community, Communications and Marketing team. A transplant who moved to Phoenix with her husband, Melissa lives in an historic home and adores all things dogs and travel (especially when combined). She can found most often hiking an Arizona trail with her rescue cattle dog mix.

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