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UA VIP graduate: The VIP Program will be your best life decision

UA VIP - Preston Kuhn

A United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Program graduate told active-duty military service members that applying to the UA VIP Program will be the best decision of their lives.

Former Navy Petty Officer Third Class Preston Kuhn was lucky to have a mechanical position in the Navy and upon learning about the UA VIP Program, he knew he could build on his skill set and begin a great career.

“The UA VIP Program stood out to me because of the mechanical experience I had from the Navy,” said Kuhn. “I knew it would help me transition into the workforce.”

Preston Kuhn - UA VIPThe UA VIP Program is an 18-week Skillbridge program that aims to teach active-duty transitioning military service members entry level pipe trades skills. The free course is open to all active-duty transitioning military service members and is available at seven military installations.

Now a third period apprentice with UA Local 286, Kuhn knows he made the right decision and is happy with his new career.

“The VIP Program provided me with a jumpstart to my career that will set me up for a lifetime of success,” Kuhn said.

When asked if he would recommend the program to others, Kuhn said yes.

“It will be one of the best decisions of your life,” he added.

Upon successful completion of the VIP program and transition out of the military, VIP graduates are guaranteed job placement with a UA signatory contractor. In this position they earn a livable wage and great fringe benefits.

In addition to guaranteed job placement with a UA signatory contractor, VIP graduates are provided direct entry to the five-year UA apprenticeship program. During their time as an apprentice, VIP graduates learn valuable skills in the classroom from industry professionals and on-the-job from skilled UA members.

The apprenticeship and ensuing UA membership yields great benefits, as VIP graduates earn a livable wage, full-family health insurance and retirement benefits such as a 401k and pension.

“It was a smooth transition that provided me with an education and skills needed to become an effective contributor to myself and the economy,” Kuhn said.

To learn more about the UA VIP Program at Naval Station Norfolk, click here.