As service members prepare to finish their service and reenter the civilian workforce, many struggle to find a path that leads to a valuable career. United Association Veterans in Piping Program Administrator Mike Hazard explained how the United Association is helping active-duty transitioning service members attain a career in the pipe trades on the Sept. 30 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Before Hazard enlisted with the United States Navy, he had a family of connections within the United Association (UA). When he transitioned out of the Navy, he knew he wanted to work in the pipe trades as a member of the UA.
Now, Hazards goal is to help more active-duty transitioning military service members find a career in the pipe trades.
Located across seven military installations, the VIP Program has graduated roughly 2,500 veterans.
The UA VIP Program
Hazard then began explaining how the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program operates and what it equips veterans with.
He said the VIP Program is open to all active-duty transitioning military service members. The service members use their final months of service to learn the entry level skills needed for a career in the pipe trades.
After explaining how the UA VIP Program functions and what its purpose is, Hazard explained that the VIP Program was launched in 2009. With the civilian job market in shambles, Hazard said the VIP Program was a great way to keep transitioning military service members working while also closing the growing age gap in the pipe trades.
Life after the VIP Program
The VIP Program continues to help veterans after they transition from the service, Hazard said.
Graduating from the VIP Program and successfully transitioning out of the military grants graduates direct access into the five-year UA apprenticeship program and job placement with a UA signatory contractor.
From there veterans will earn a livable wage and great benefits, making it easy to provide for their families.