After active duty in the Marines from 2013-2017, Justin Snyder learned about Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) during his Marines transition course. H2H, a 15-year old program, connects veterans with training and jobs in the construction industry. Snyder filled out his H2H application even before his discharge and thanks to the UBC’s INSTALL flooring industry alliance and training program, his career search was nearly seamless.
Snyder is now a member of Local 1382, part of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters. As part of the floorlaying crew at Palmer Soderberg of Rochester, Minnesota, Snyder has worked on projects in Wisconsin; at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester; and at a local elementary school.
“They make it easy,” Snyder said. “You can search through the H2H referrals in the state where you want to work, and see what is available in the different trades.”
The Brotherhood has long partnered with H2H, but INSTALL has taken a special interest in the program. INSTALL is a North American alliance of flooring mills, manufacturers, consultants, associations, contractors, and UBC membership that work together to ensure superior flooring installations and provide comprehensive training through UBC programs. For more information on INSTALL, CLICK HERE.
INSTALL’s director, John McGrath, receives H2H applications nearly every day. “We started in April 2016 with the goal of bringing in one veteran per month for the year. That would’ve been eight vets – but we ended 2016 with 19, and we hope to go a lot higher this year.”
Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. Men and women transitioning out of the service can find the training that leads to good-paying jobs as union carpenters through the H2H program. H2H not only places vets on a fast track to union apprenticeship but most importantly into a career. For more information on H2H, CLICK HERE.