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Helmets to Hardhats program succeeds as hundreds of vets each year make the transition to skilled trades careers

 
Helmets to Hardhats program succeeds as hundreds of vets each year make the transition to skilled trades careers

Canada’s Helmets to Hardhats program, where Canadian Forces members transition to good-paying unionized construction trades careers, has proven it has staying power and is enhancing its nation-wide initiatives, says executive director Greg Matte.

“It’s progressing very well,” he said in a phone interview as he traveled in Manitoba.  “We’ve been very successful in getting recurring funding” – turning the initial seed-funded initiative in 2011-12 to a lasting program.

Helmets to Hardhats, based in part on a similar successful U.S. program, but adapted to Canadian requirements, has placed at least 500 veterans into apprenticeship or full employment in the past year.  “That means, every five days, two vets are successful,” Matte said.

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