Building Trades Training For Veterans
With an expected workforce shortage of 1.5 million craft professionals by 2019 and more than 1 million service members projected to leave the military over the next five years, veterans and the construction industry make the perfect fit. Greater Michigan Construction Academy is committed to helping returning military transition into rewarding, high-wage construction careers through its program of training and assessments.
What are the benefits of pursuing a career in the construction industry?
The construction industry offers high wages, competitive benefits, and requires technical expertise. The good news? Major industrial and commercial construction companies are eager to hire and train veterans for craft professional positions today.
What type of training is necessary?
This training often happens through an apprenticeship or accredited training program where you develop your skills on-the-job. You are allowed the flexibility of training for a civilian career while earning a paycheck and industry recognized, portable credentials. If you have construction related experience from your time in the military, you can apply that training directly to propel you on your path toward becoming a journey-level craft professional.
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- Two-thirds of veterans experienced a difficult transition from military to civilian life (Veterans’ Employment Challenges).
- In a 2012 study, 60 percent of veterans named “finding a job” as the greatest challenge in transitioning, with transferring military skills to civilian environment a major hurdle (Veterans’ Employment Challenges).
- Three in five veterans worry about how to translate their military skills to a business environment (Veterans’ Employment Challenges).
- 70 percent of veteran job seekers believe in-person networking to be an effective job seeking tool (Veterans’ Employment Challenges).
- The construction industry will need to hire 240,000 new workers each year for the next five years (U.S Department of Labor).
GMCA offers job placement assistance to all veterans who are looking for work in their related training field. Please contact the GMCA office for questions you may have regarding the Veterans Training Program.
Greater Michigan Construction Academy is proud to partner with the Dow Chemical Company on re-entering our veterans into the workplace. A special congratulations is extended to Three Rivers Corporation, Valley Electrical Contractors and Fisher Companies for receiving recognition from the Dow Chemical Company on their support of employing veterans in the workplace.
Skilled Trades training has benefited me by opening up opportunities at different companies that wouldn’t even take a second look if I hadn’t had a formal, post-secondary education. It gives me a leg up on anyone who just has a high school diploma.
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