VANCOUVER, 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, Senator Yonah Martin today highlighted the Web site in Vancouver.
"Canadian Forces Veterans and Canada's service men and women are known around the world for their skills, qualities and expertise," said Minister Blaney. "These are the same skills needed by so many employers across the country and that is why the Helmets to Hardhats Canada program is so important."
"The skills of Veterans and service men and women can be translated into language more easily understood by civilian employers through the Helmets to Hardhats Canada program," said Senator Martin. "Helmets to Hardhats Canada can help Veterans connect to a rewarding career that they deserve after their service and dedication to their country."
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
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
BGen (Ret'd) Greg Matte
Helmets to Hardhats Canada