Ontario Construction News staff writer
As Canada’s building trades unions continue to deal with labour shortages, Helmets to Hardhats advocates to help transition veterans into construction careers.
“There are many ways to remember and recognize our Canadian Veterans’ sacrifices in times of war and conflict,” say H2H officials. “One way is to provide meaningful support and employment when they enter civilian life.”
In September, 55 veterans and one cadet registered with H2H along with one Afghan National registered, one military family member and seven new employers.
Also, there are currently more than 100 career opportunities posted on the job bank.
Here are some of the many veterans who have transitioned to construction careers with assistance from H2H:
Video link – Christopher Carter, Journeyman Boilermaker, shares his successful experience registering with Helmets to Hardhats, being an apprentice, and gaining a secure civilian career as a Boilermaker.
Video link – Shawn Meikle, Journeyman Millwright, shares his successful experience registering with Helmets to Hardhats and gaining a secure civilian career while continuing to serve as a Reservist.
Video link – Ben Swanson, United Association Journeyman Plumber talks about his experience after registering with Helmets to Hardhats and why he thinks the skilled trades is a great career after serving in the military.
Video link – Dave Meaney, Teamster, talks about his struggles to find employment after his military service and how Helmets to Hardhats made the difference in his second career with the Teamsters.
Video link – Brent Dewell, 2nd Term Apprentice Carpenter working for Buttcon Construction and serving with 32 CER (Combat Engineer Regiment), explains why joining the Carpenters Union is a great career move for Veterans.
Video link – Andrew Gorman, Owner Icon Survey Group tells his success story of transitioning from the military to owning his own company and helping others into the building trades through Helmets to Hardhats.