Helmets to Hardhats Exec. Director says veterans make perfect tradesmen and tradeswomen

The heroes who serve in the United States military deserve more than what they often get. Work after service or some sort of training helps advance this population.

Helmets to Hardhats Executive Director Dave Porter discussed how the program has helped thousands of veterans find careers in the building trades and why veterans make great tradesmen and tradeswomen on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

Helmets to Hardhats

Helmets to Hardhats is one of the most well known military career transition programs, helping more than 36,000 veterans transition into a career in the building trades.

Porter explained the process of outreach for Helmets to Hardhats. He said they go to different installments and educate service members about the building trades. They discuss what a registered apprenticeship program is and how these are earn while you learn opportunities, meaning you are paid a livable wage and benefits while training.

He said the relationship between the organization and the United States military is unparalleled. They have built a trusting relationship since 2003, connecting veterans with great careers and opportunities.

Transferable traits and skills

Porter said the skills and traits possessed by many service members are directly transferable to the building trades.

Since many military jobs involve mechanical work, the building trades are a great fit. He also said the discipline, work ethic, ability to follow directions and work in any weather condition are great traits for working in the building trades.


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