HELMETS TO HARDHATS: Matching Today’s Military with Tomorrow’s Construction Industry
Helmets to Hardhats is a national program that connects National Guard, Reserve and transitioning active-duty military members with quality career training and employment opportunities within the building and construction industry. The program is designed to ease the difficult passage into civilian life for military families, providing the best career opportunities, pay, and benefits to those who have earned the nation’s support through their years of service.
The program collects career opportunities from the nationwide building and construction trades and works to provide former military personnel with that data. Candidates can access information about careers and apprenticeships via the Internet from anywhere in the world.
Here is what Aaron from Space Heater Pro had to say: “Obtaining a job after honorably serving your country should indeed be easier than it actually is. The reality is that life after the military will be the toughest challenge that one can face. Helmets to Hardhats not only recognized my military history, but they honored it as well. I was able to get hired through Helmets to Hardhats 100 times faster than any Labor Department, staffing agency, or job placement program. No other organization assisted me with as much compassion, professionalism, and sense of urgency as Helmets to Hardhats did.”
To apply for work or membership, candidates complete a comprehensive profile that helps hiring managers determine what transferable skills they acquired during their military service. Once a candidate finds and submits interest in a career opportunity, otherwise known as a digital handshake, they are contacted by a Helmets to Hardhats representative to ensure all application requirements are met.
Helmets to Hardhats is co-sponsored by all 15 Building and Construction Trades organizations, as well as their employer associations, which together represent about 82,000 contractors. Labor leaders have embraced the program, eager to help military personnel transfer their experience into secure careers within the construction industry.
Helmets to Hardhats is gaining significant attention across the nation not only as a program that works, but also a program that cares. Moving forward, one of the essential goals is to deploy a statewide direct entry program into every state.
With the implementation of a statewide direct entry program, Helmets to Hardhats candidates are able to get into quality construction careers soon after applying for them. Once the state proclamation is signed, it allows all JATCs and locals (at their discretion) to accept current and former military candidates and provide credit for military training and experience. Thus far, a total of 21 direct entry/support proclamations have been signed by various state political leaders from Indiana, Ohio, Connecticut, West Virginia, Illinois, Washington, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Delaware, Hawaii, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and California.
Interested personnel are encouraged to visit www. helmetstohardhats.org by clicking on the logo above or by calling (toll free) 1-866-741-6210 for more information.