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Naval Station Norfolk holds Open House

Aug 11, 2017 10:29:36 AM

The United Association Veterans In Piping held an Open House at Naval Station Norfolk to celebrate the graduation of the most recent HVACR class.

In the place of a graduation ceremony, members, military leaders at Naval Station Norfolk and United Association representatives will attend the UA VIP Open House on August 10, 2017 at the VIP training center.

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UA VIP offers job security, less stress during military transition

Jul 12, 2017 10:03:36 AM

As Sergeant William Kindermann was preparing to leave the service, he found himself thinking more and more about his future.

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The ‘Who, What, Where, When, Why and How’ of the UA VIP Program

Jan 24, 2017 4:53:10 PM

The United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program is an award-winning program that offers high quality skills training and careers with the UA in the pipe trades industry to active-duty military personnel who are preparing to leave the service.

Learn all about the program and how you can get involved here!

What is the UA VIP Program: The United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program is an award-winning program that offers high quality skills training and careers with the UA in the pipe trades industry to active-duty military personnel who are preparing to leave the service. The United Association established the program in 2008 as a means of addressing two important issues:

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Catching Up With Brian Kirby, A UA VIP Graduate

Jan 24, 2017 4:01:58 PM

After serving his country for 13 years in the United States Army, Brian Kirby was ready to transition to civilian life and decided the best way to prepare for his future outside of the Armed Services was with the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program.

With the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program, transitioning military members prepare to leave the service with sought after skills that can lead to lifelong careers in the increasingly in-demand pipe trades. Through 18-week accelerated courses – provided free of cost on military bases across the country – UA VIP participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits. Department of Defense funds are not required to make this program work; the UA International Training Fund pays for the education and trains the departing service members. Additionally, 100 percent of the men and women who graduate from the UA VIP Program are placed into a 5-year apprenticeship program with the UA where they train for a career, not just a job.

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16 Marines from Camp Pendleton Graduate the UA VIP Program

Dec 14, 2016 3:33:17 PM

Following 18 weeks of intensive training, 16 Marines from Camp Pendleton are better prepared to enter civilian life and find meaningful employment after completing the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program. 

To ease the transition back into civilian life, the UA established the VIP Program to better equip military service members preparing to leave the service with sought after skills that can lead to lifelong careers in the increasingly in-demand pipe trades. Through an 18-week accelerated course, participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits.

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UA VIP Graduate Shares His Story at Helmets to Hardhats Luncheon

Dec 8, 2016 4:07:46 PM

Akini Celestine, a graduate of the United Associations (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program and a member of UA Local 1 in New York City, recently spoke at a Helmets to Hardhats Luncheon.  He detailed his decision to apply to the UA VIP Program, his life as a unionized worker, and the less than common path he took to find himself among the men and women of the United States Army.   His speech, in its entirety, is below. 

“My name is Akini Celestine. I am a third-year apprentice at the United Association Plumbers Local 1 and concurrently serve as a sergeant in the Army Reserve. Originally born in the tiny tropical island of Grenada, I moved to the United States at the young age of 19 to pursue a better life.

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Catching up with UA VIP Graduate Akini Celestine

Dec 8, 2016 3:08:00 PM

After three and a half years of active duty with the United States Army, including a twelve-month deployment to Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom, Akini Celestine entered the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program to gain the skills needed for a fulfilling career in the pipe trades.

Celestine graduated from the third welding class at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on February 20th, 2014. Since graduation, he affiliated with UA Local 1 in New York City and is in the third year of his apprenticeship. 

Celestine has received regularly scheduled wage raises and said he’s working hard to gain the certifications needed to continue to be successful throughout his apprenticeship with the United Association.  Reflecting on the UA VIP Program and his career outlook, Celestine says “The opportunities here are phenomenal, and I'm forever grateful to everyone who made this possible.”

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Another 16 Transitioning Military Members Graduate from the UA VIP Program

Nov 22, 2016 12:52:51 PM

For many members of the military, transitioning back into civilian life and finding meaningful, permanent employment can be difficult. While unemployment numbers have fallen, the number of unemployed veterans is consistently higher than the national average.

To ease the transition back into civilian life, the United Association (UA) established the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program to equip military service members preparing to leave the service with sought after skills that can lead to lifelong careers in the increasingly in-demand pipe trades. Through 18-week accelerated courses, participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable private-sector jobs with good pay and benefit.

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Eight Marines will graduate from the UA VIP Program at Camp Lejeune on Thursday, October 27.

Oct 26, 2016 12:51:50 PM

Another group of transitioning military members is better prepared to move back to civilian life after completing the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program.   Eight Marines will graduate from the UA VIP Program at Camp Lejeune on Thursday, October 27. 

To ease the transition back into civilian life, the United Association established the VIP Program to equip military service members preparing to leave the service with sought after skills that can lead to lifelong careers in the increasingly in-demand pipe trades. Through 18-week accelerated courses, participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable private-sector jobs with good pay and benefit.

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Fort Campbell Holds graduation for Fifth UA VIP Class

Oct 21, 2016 11:51:10 AM

Nineteen Soldiers graduated from the United Association Veterans in Piping Program’s 5th welding class at Fort Campbell.

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program equips military service members preparing to leave the service with sought after skills that can lead to lifelong careers in the increasingly in-demand pipe trades. Through 18-week accelerated courses - provided free of cost on military bases across the country - VIP participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into solid private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits.

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The VIP Program has been a lifesaver for our famil

“The VIP Program has been a lifesaver for our family.”