Discipline, hard work, commitment; these are just some of the attributes that military veterans have that transfer perfectly to careers in the skilled trades.
Military members and veterans are the perfect candidates for careers in the skilled trades, they are punctual, disciplined, and task oriented. They know how to work with others to get things done and finish large projects that often last a long time. Because of this, many of the building and construction trades training centers make a concerted effort to work around military schedules and deployment dates to ensure that those who serve our country will be equipped with the skills they need to begin a great career when they return.
Sgt. Kyle Horn from Illinois can attest to this “The training center has been extremely accommodating of my Army duties,” the 28-year-old veteran said. “Prior to my last deployment, they worked with me off-hours and extra days to help me finish my fourth year in the program so I’d be ready to finish up when I returned.”
He went on to say, “I really like my job because the work environment changes every day. You never stop learning and it is never monotonous.” Another important benefit: “I have no student loans and have been paid to learn on the job. It is a tremendous opportunity.”
Upon completing 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and 1,000 hours of instructional learning, Kyle will receive an industry-issued, nationally recognized journeyman certificate from the training center. Electricians in Illinois can expect to earn close to $80,000 per year on average.
While Horn’s story is a great example of what a career in the trades can offer, it is not unique. Thousands of veterans have already joined the trades and begun great careers.
There are great opportunities for men and women of the Armed Forces to transition from Helmets to Hardhats for careers in the building and construction trades.
If you’re a military member or veteran, do yourself a favor and take a look at the many opportunities that a career in the trades offers.