INSTALL, a North American leader in floorcovering installation training and certification, and Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) are celebrating five years of a successful partnership. Together, they focus on preparing and placing veterans into rewarding construction careers starting as United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) apprentices. Despite a challenging year due to COVID-19, H2H and INSTALL continued to excel in their mission—connecting hundreds of military service members and veterans to career opportunities.
INSTALL values this important collaboration with H2H—military life translates seamlessly into the structured training required to become a skilled construction professional. Thus, veterans are eager students who go on to build rewarding careers as installers.
“Veterans have the ideal mindset to succeed in our industry,” stated John T. McGrath Jr., executive director of INSTALL. “They have a uniquely determined focus and drive that makes them excellent students in the classroom, as well as skilled leaders on the jobsite.”
Mike Robinson, business representative for Carpenters Local 326 in Connecticut, noted that roughly 95% of the veterans placed through H2H in his area continue to work in the building trades long-term. A veteran himself, he admires their tenacity and adaptability.
“The construction industry is difficult because it ebbs and flows,” said Robinson. “However, military service members and veterans are very disciplined. As solid, skilled workers with the right training, they stay employed despite any downturns.”
Veteran Diante Laracuente of Woodbine, N.J., has found that to be true. He was placed as an apprentice through H2H. While Laracuente currently works as a carpenter’s apprentice, he wouldn’t be there if he hadn’t reached out to INSTALL.
“My experience with the program was excellent. They walked me through the process of training, applying and interviewing and were very supportive through every step,” he said. “Without my work history at Shore Building Contractors in Hammonton, N.J., I wouldn’t have the stability that I have now within the industry.”
Contractors that would like to support this partnership must commit to sponsoring a veteran in a UBC apprenticeship program and ultimately hire the veteran. Contractors interested in learning more about this program should contact McGrath at email@example.com.
Veterans interested in pursuing this program should begin the process by contacting Helmets to Hardhats:
- United States: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Canada: email@example.com