HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Helmets to Hardhats Canada Web
site, dedicated to helping Veterans and men and women in uniform find
jobs in the building and construction industry as they transition to
civilian life, is now available. On behalf of the Honourable Steven
Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Halton, and
representatives from Helmets to Hardhats Canada today highlighted the
Web site in Hamilton.
"Our government is proud to be a partner and to deliver this new tool
for Canadian Forces Veterans and construction employers, which is now
online," said Minister Blaney. "Veterans and service men and women can
now use this Web site to help connect their expertise and skills with
available construction jobs and apprenticeships across the country."
"Veterans continue to tell us that finding a meaningful career is one of
their most important goals when they leave the military," said Minister
Raitt. "The Helmets to Hardhats Canada program can help to connect
Veterans to a rewarding career. The Harper Government is proud to
support this valuable tool for Canada's men and women in uniform."
Helmets to Hardhats Canada is a Web-based program that offers access to
career postings. Individuals can now register at helmetstohardhats.ca and click the "Apply Now" button to create an account. Employers who
are interested in advertising a position can register at helmetstohardhats.ca/en/employers.htm./.
"This new Web site is a significant milestone in advancing the Helmets
to Hardhats Canada program. It provides a wealth of information on the
program, but also serves as the means to match Veterans and
transitioning men and women in uniform with exciting opportunities for
a new, civilian career in the building and construction trades
industry," said BGen (Ret) Gregory Matte, Executive Director, Helmets
to Hardhats Canada. "As a retired senior officer who enjoyed a
wonderful career in the Canadian Forces, I see this as an opportunity
for me to assist the dedicated men and women of the Canadian Forces in
making a smooth transition into a new and rewarding career."
"I am very pleased to see the federal and provincial governments
partnering with contractors and building trades in the construction
industry in lending our support for Helmets to Hardhats. By working
together, we can achieve rewarding career outcomes for our veterans
whose participation will certainly strengthen our industry," said
Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and
Construction Trades Council of Ontario.
Employees of Helmets to Hardhats are former men and women in uniform who
can help Veterans translate how their military skills and experience
meet civilian job requirements. Assistance can also be provided to
arrange apprenticeship training to achieve journeyperson certification
in more than 60 trades in the building and construction industry.
For more information on the Helmets to Hardhats Canada program, visit helmetstohardhats.ca, call 613-238-2300 or, toll free, 1-855-238-9707.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
BGen (Ret'd) Greg Matte
Helmets to Hardhats Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs