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Vets find career satisfaction, growth in building trades
KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
An Ohio construction trade association announced recently that nearly 900 veterans started careers through a veterans apprenticeship program in 2018.
The Affiliated Construction Trades, or ACT Ohio, cited data compiled by ApprenticeOhio that 866 veterans enrolled in the association's military apprenticeship program already this year.
Hard work, accountability and collaboration are hallmarks of a veterans' character, a press release noted. These individuals, then, apply the much sought after characteristics in their employment within construction trades.
Add good wages, camaraderie and benefits and a transition back to civilian life in the Buckeye State is made much more manageable for returning heroes.
"Most guys I know in my unit like to work with their hands," said Dylan Trout, a new journeyman wireman with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 683 in Columbus. "They like the atmosphere that a unit creates. We work together and get a lot of stuff done.
"I find the same thing on a construction site, in a trade."
For construction trade employers, having skilled craftsmen and women on the job that have a military training is a big advantage, ACT Ohio noted.
The values that veterans learned in the military translate to the jobsite. The work ethic, leadership skills, accountability and teamwork result in efficient work, bringing projects in on time and on budget.
"I use my Army values every day," Trout said. "I try to lead the guys in the work we are performing.
"Respect is another big one."
Seth Moore, a second year apprentice with Laborer's Local Union 329 in Lima wants people to know that a steady stream of returning veterans and Ohio National Guardsmen are looking for new careers.
"The money is outstanding and the insurance is awesome," Moore said. "My wife is in school, and we don't have to worry about living paycheck to paycheck."
Additionally, many apprentices also may use their GI Bill to supplement their wages, making journeyman wages from the start.
For more information about building trades veteran apprenticeship programs throughout Ohio, visit actohio.org/military.
Created by the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council to encourage economic and industrial development and promote industry best practices for the state's public and private construction, ACT Ohio comprises 14 regional councils and 137 local affiliates representing nearly 94,000 skilled building trades workers across Ohio.
Date Published: July 24, 2018