There’s a reason you should hire UA VIP graduates.

History has proven time and time again that veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces come equipped with unmatched skills of 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. With the average age for welders currently at 54-years-old, the American Welding Society alone anticipates a shortage of 216,000 welding professionals by 2020. As our country looks to rebuild its infrastructure , the need for highly-trained, quality welders will also increase.

Military personnel looking to leave active duty status should be given the opportunity for good jobs. That’s why William P. Hite, General President of the United Association (UA), started the Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program. This nationwide program prepares military members for lifelong careers in the construction industry by offering many training programs that give members of the Armed Forces the intensive hands-on training required to succeed. Upon graduation, VIP participants are put on the fast track to success by being placed in a UA local union that will allow them to turn this training into a life-long, rewarding career.

You, as a 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.