Why pursue a career in the construction industry? Construction offers high wages, competitive benefits and requires technical expertise. Men and women transitioning from the military to civilian life are usually a great fit for a career in construction. Skill-specific training, field experience and leadership skills developed while serving our country make former service men and women uniquely qualified for construction and related fields.
To see how your experience might translate to a career in a skilled trade, visit www.byf.org and download Build Your Future’s Military Crosswalk. This will help you to identify how Military Occupational Skill codes align with industry recognized, NCCER portable credentials. Once you identify where your military experience and skills can take you, you can pursue additional training or begin a career.
Training in the construction trades often happens through an apprenticeship or an accredited training program where you develop your skills on-the-job. You are allowed the flexibility of training for a civilian career while earning a paycheck and industry recognized, portable credentials. If you have construction related experience from your time in the military, you can apply that training directly to propel you on your path toward becoming a journey-level craft professional. And did you know that as of December 2014, the majority of NCCER assessments have been recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs? To find out which assessments are now available for reimbursement through the G.I. Bill, please click the link below:
If you have questions on how to receive reimbursement, review these guidelines and helpful tips:
*Information from BYF.org