Houston Texans, Royal Foundation partner for new employment program helping UK and US Veterans

With support from The Royal Foundation and the Houston Texans, Step Into Energy will now offer both veterans and energy companies unique opportunities to engage in the conversation and secure top talent throughout 2020.

Step into Energy challenges companies in the energy industry to demonstrate their commitment to the veteran community by employing veterans, and in return, be recognized and acknowledged for their commitment in Houston in December 2020.

"We are delighted to support our veterans and our community through the Step Into Energy Program," said Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans. "Sports has an incredible ability to bring diverse groups of people together and teams have the potential to have an incredibly positive impact on society. Through Step Into Energy, we are helping our courageous veterans in both the U.S. and the U.K., supporting the city of Houston, which is the Energy Capital of the World, and building an even closer connection between Houston and London."

Step Into Energy is a unique global employment program that offers opportunities specifically for those transitioning from the armed forces in the UK and the US. Military veterans often inherit skills and talents through their military careers that are translatable in industry and can help address workforce gaps. Walking With The Wounded and NextOp work closely with veterans to translate skills and the employers who value these skills to bridge the connections.

"Step Into Energy offers us the opportunity to engage and collaborate with energy companies to highlight the talent being developed in the military," said Steph Drake, executive director of NextOp. "What better bridge to build than that between the veteran talent pool and energy companies. Through Step Into Energy we look forward to placing the next generation of veteran business leaders in promising careers."

"The Houston Texans Foundation is committed to inspiring positive change within communities and we know that helping to place veterans into great energy jobs will do just that," said Rootes.

Walking With The Wounded

Walking With The Wounded is a charity established to support the employment aspirations and vocational outcomes of our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, those who have been physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged by their service.

WWTW recognises the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and wants to compliment these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. We offer assistance through our programs to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in gaining independence through new long term careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored. The outcome? Sustainable employment, and independence for them and their families.

NextOp, Inc.

NextOp was founded in 2015 with the belief that military veterans are some of the best hidden resources in our community. Our vision is to be the strongest link between industry and military talent by bridging the gap by recruiting, training, and placing high-performing middle-enlisted military leaders into industry careers. NextOp works directly with veterans to help them understand how their military training and experiences translate into valued qualifications. In partnership with over 100 corporations, NextOp has successfully placed more than 2,000 veterans in across multiple industries.

Houston Texans Foundation

The Houston Texans Foundation was founded in 2002 and has raised more than $32 million through annual fundraising events, disaster response programs, the annual United Way campaign and partnerships with nonprofit organizations on Texans game day. The Foundation supports and partners with nonprofit organizations to show appreciation for veterans, service members and their families in the Houston area. The Houston Texans Foundation is committed to inspiring positive change within the Houston community.

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