After serving their country, many veterans have trouble transitioning into civilian jobs, particularly younger and female service members. The unemployment rate among female veterans is nearly twice that of male vets. Helmets to Hardhats, the International Training Institute and the construction trades are working to bring veterans, particularly female vets, into apprenticeship programs across the country...
Here in DC, the Community Services Agency’s Building Futures Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program provides a 6-week pre-apprenticeship construction training program for those who qualify. “Serving in the United States Navy prepared me for the physical and mental aspects of the sheet metal industry,” said Katherine Kuczynski (photo), a participant in the national program. “The work is different every day and the discipline I learned in the Navy helps me to get the job done." Click here for the complete report on the AFL-CIO Now blog.