The United Association’s Veterans In Piping program will train 16 National Guard members to become welders through an 18-week course.
United Association has partnered with the
National Guard, Work Source and Washington State Veterans Affairs to train 16 Guard Members to
become welders through an 18-week program. This
concentrated fast-track program is provided at no cost to the veterans.
to the UA, the unemployment rate for newly discharged veterans is
close to three times higher than the rate of non-veterans in the same age group
(ages 22-24). The organization believes this program offers much-needed careers
for returning members of the military. In addition, the training fills
another important need – quality recruits to fill in for retiring
welders/pipefitters. Recent data shows that need will continue to grow.
completion of the 18-week training program will lead to direct entry into an
apprenticeship program with up to one year of credit toward the five-year
apprenticeship. The veterans will receive a living wage during the training and
apprenticeship phase and can receive an income of more than $40/hour, including
benefits upon successful completion of an apprenticeship.
According to UA General President
Hite, the UA has made an annual commitment of more than $140 million
to training, with a goal of 50,000 apprentices in training this year, creating
an infrastructure of mobile training facilities, online studies, accelerated
training and other educational options.
UA Commits To 50,000 Apprentices In Training This Year
October 13, 2008