Learning a new skill and gaining experience while finishing out military service is great for many active-duty transitioning service members.
Current Fort Carson United Association Veterans in Piping student and Army Specialist Taylor Neufeldt has no regrets regarding his decision to apply for the UA VIP Program.
“It is fun getting to weld and learn something new everyday,” said Neufeldt. “What more can you ask for?”
The UA VIP Program is an 18-week Career Skills program designed to equip transitioning active-duty military service members with entry level pipe trades skills. UA VIP students learn pipe trades skills through classroom instruction from accredited instructors and hands-on work in a training lab.
Neufeldt and his classmates will be doing more than just learning basic level skills. These transitioning active-duty military service members have the opportunity to get ahead of their future peers.
In order to work on certain jobsites or certain projects, tradesmen and tradeswomen who weld must have certain certifications. The VIP Program works to help students earn their OSHA certifications, along with UA 21, UA 41 or UA 100 certification. Having these certifications will open up even more work opportunities.
After graduating from the VIP Program and transitioning out of the military, VIP graduates are placed with a UA signatory contractor in an agreed upon location. This transition to employment helps service members begin a great career and helps contractors replenish their ranks.
In addition to job placement, VIP graduates gain direct entry into the five-year UA registered apprenticeship program, where they continue their education. As apprentices, graduates learn on-the-job from experienced UA members and in the classroom from quality instructors.
From the beginning of their apprenticeship, VIP graduates earn a livable wage to support their families. They are also provided a great benefits package that includes family health insurance, 401k and pension.
These jobs create a good transition path for service members, as the skills learned in the program are transferable throughout the country. Also, the team setting of a construction site is similar to life as a military service member.
If you would like to learn more about the VIP program and request more information about the VIP Program at Fort Carson, please click here.