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Helmets To Hardhats
A Program To Help Veterans

Helmets to Hardhats is a program that helps ease the passage into civilian life for military personnel, Guardsmen, and Reservists by providing information on great career opportunities, pay, and benefits in the construction industry.

The program is co-sponsored nationally by 15 building and construction trades organizations, as well as their employer associations, which together represent about 82,000 contractors. The program is no-cost and allows candidates to access information about careers and apprenticeships via the Internet from anywhere in the world. To apply for work or membership, each candidate completes a comprehensive profile that helps Helmets to Hardhats refer candidates to the right program and location.

Both manual and non-manual careers are available to candidates. Depending on the experience of the candidates, they may be placed into an apprenticeship program that will allow them to earn while they learn. The program also has an on-line forum with mentors who have served in the military and are now working in various unions who can provide guidance and support to participants.

For more information, contact a Disabled Veteran Outreach Program staff person at your local IWD office, or visit this website: http://www.helmetstohardhats.org/.

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