OROMOCTO, NB, 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 Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for Fredericton, today highlighted the Web site at CFB Gagetown.
"The cornerstone of the Helmets to Hardhats Canada program is helping to connect Canadian Forces Veterans and men and women in uniform with available jobs in the construction industry," said Minister Blaney. "The new Web site is a valuable resource to connect these highly trained and skilled individuals to new opportunities.
"Successful transition to civilian life is a priority for the Harper Government," said Minister Ashfield. "The Helmets to Hardhats Canada Webs site is an exciting new tool designed to connect service personnel and Veterans with high quality jobs in the construction industry."
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."
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