This year, the Veterans in piping program began at Fort Sill, Oklahoma to assist veterans with the transition from Active Duty into skilled-trade employment under the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act to Hire Heroes.
Throughout this training, Fort Sill Service members built upon their military training and experience to further develop their skills for the high-demand fire protection trade. The program is helping fill a nationwide need for skilled labor in the workforce, and is providing a positive re-entry into civilian life for those who have served our country. After completion of the 18-week accelerated sprinkler fitter training, these soldiers are placed directly into apprenticeship careers up to one year ahead of their civilian counterparts. The United Association facilitates a direct-hand off into its nationally recognized apprenticeship program at any of its 300 local unions nationwide. This guarantees the soldier a living wage, future job training, full health and retirement benefits and a promising career in the piping industry. All training is paid for entirely by the UA and its industry partners at no cost to participants.
Through this program, and Union 669, Wolverine Fire Protection Co. was introduced to recent program graduates SPC Troy Reed, and SPC Andrew English. Mr. English will soon be supporting the firms current project needs in Oklahoma, while Mr. Reed will be supporting efforts from the firm’s Headquarters in Mt. Morris, MI. Troy and Andrew, we would like to thank you for your service, and we are honored to have you join our team!