INSTALL and Helmets to Hardhats Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life Via United Brotherhood of Carpenters Apprenticeships

Long-Lasting Partnership Provides Skilled Training for Successful Construction Careers After Military Service

INSTALL, the 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,” says 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.”

Committed Leaders

In fact, Mike Robinson, business representative for Carpenters Local 326 in Connecticut, states 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,” says 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, New Jersey 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.

“Without my work history at Shore Building Contractors in Hammonton, New Jersey, I wouldn’t have the stability that I have now within the industry,” says Laracuente. “I’m working toward advancing my career further to provide for my wife and young daughter.”

Smooth Transitions

Moving to civilian life after military service can be a difficult transition. H2H and INSTALL recognize these challenges and strive to make training and job placement easy. “My experience with the program was excellent,” says Laracuente. “They walked me through the process of training, applying and interviewing and were very supportive through every step.”

Join The Team

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 John T. McGrath Jr., executive director of INSTALL:

Veterans interested in pursuing this program should begin the process by contacting Helmets to Hardhats: