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.
In addition to veteran unemployment, the UA VIP Program was created to address a growing shortage in the construction industry of skilled workers due to the combined effects of an aging workforce, increased demand, and a lack of skills training for youth.
Instead of the traditional graduation ceremony, there will be an open house and completion ceremony. Students and guests will tour the UA welding mobile training trailers, and the conferral of certificates will follow.
Graduates will hear from UA VIP Instructors Dave Porter and Bill Platt and United Association Local 421 Training Coordinator John Scandini.