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IUPAT Helps Veterans Transition Out of Active Military Service Into Jobs

When someone is transitioning out of active military service, one of the most important next steps for veterans is finding income. Many unions have programs that open the doors of their union halls to veterans and some are even working to get folks lined up with careers before they even leave the service. One example of this is the work being done by the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). 

Through the IUPAT’s Veterans Program (PAT-VP), soldiers stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington State are provided an opportunity to participate in an accelerated training program during their last four weeks of active service. 

The educational training program, which promises skilled trades training in the industrial coatings and applications career field, is free and open to active duty service members transitioning from active military service. 

Participants in the program are assigned to the program as their place of duty, and the instruction takes place at the Army’s education centers on JBLM and are IUPAT District Council 5’s training center. Upon successful completion of the training program, graduates earn a Coating Applicator Specialist Level One Certification and are placed in a paid four-year IUPAT apprenticeship program. Additionally, participants are credited one training semester with assisted job placement and a career with the IUPAT. Once in an IUPAT apprenticeship, participants will begin to accrue college credits toward an associate’s degree.   

The most recent class of graduates was made up of 11 transitioning service members and each one is in an apprenticeship program and all are employed. 

To learn more about the PAT-VP program, check out this great video and visit www.pat-vp.org

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