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History has proven time and time again that veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces come equipped with unmatched skills, discipline and leadership.

Upon separation, active duty military personnel have to re-establish every aspect of their lives – including new careers. For many veterans, trying to secure work is one of the hardest obstacles they will face.

Meanwhile, it is no secret that the construction community is in dire need of a young, capable workforce. As our country looks to rebuild its infrastructure , the need for a high-quality, highly-trained workforce also increases.  

Transitioning military service members looking to leave active duty status should be given the opportunity for good jobs. The United Association (UA), started the Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program to prepare military service members for lifelong careers in the construction industry by offering job skills training while on active duty prior to separation. These newly acquired skills coupled with the military training will enable them to make an immediate impact on the job site.

You, as a UA Signatory Contractor, will benefit from giving strong consideration to returning veterans.

  • High-Caliber Recruits - Facing a shortage of skilled labor and a highly anticipated increase in future projects, the construction industry needs to recruit tens of thousands of well-trained, highly-skilled workers in the coming years.
  • High Value of Military Skills - Military personnel are well-trained in core skills needed in the construction industry - leadership, discipline, focus, organization and teamwork - and provide a reliable source for recruiting high-skill workers for the contracting industry.
  • Strong Work Ethic - The UA has had great success working with veterans. Union members, like service members, receive professional training, understand responsibilities, and know the value of working together as a team.

Contact the UA Veterans in Piping Program to learn more about how you can acquire the most highly-trained and skilled workforce.

“Another great thing about UA’S VIP program is that it's completely free. It doesn't cost me or my family a dime."
— Adam Rule, VIP - ARMY

UA VIP graduate Adam Rule
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