The United Association's "Veterans in Piping" Program
Approximately 2.2 million of our nation's veterans have served since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The unemployment rate for those veterans tops 11 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 have an unemployment rate of more than 20 percent, almost twice that of the veterans who served in the same era but are older, ages 25 to 34.
The United Association of Plumbers, Pipe Fitters and Sprinkler Fitters (UA) has partnered with the U.S. military to create the UA Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program, which provides returning veterans with 18 weeks of accelerated welding and HVACR training. But before that career training begins, they kick off the program with an additional two weeks of transitional training to help returning veterans to adjust to civilian life – a process that can be especially difficult for those who joined the military right after high school.
The training is free to veterans who are placed in construction careers nationwide, helping to replenish an aging workforce while rebuilding America’s infrastructure. Welders are in high demand nationwide, making job opportunities plentiful for welders who are well-trained and highly-skilled after their intensive training program.
With over 300 veterans already trained through VIP programs in Washington, California and Wisconsin. Many more veterans are in need of the career opportunities available through the UA VIP Program. The UA and the U.S. Military can provide a positive re-entry into civilian life, and long-term, lucrative careers for those who have served their country with bravery and honor.
As UA General President William P. Hite says, "It's the right thing to do."