State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose and Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, all R-24, said New Jersey’s veterans received welcome news on Thursday with the announcement by Governor Christie that he has approved $195,000 to be used by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development in partnership with the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council’s Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program. The New Jersey H2H program helps military personnel making the changeover from active duty to the civilian work force. The program also includes National Guard and reserve members who have civilian jobs but are looking for better employment opportunities.
“Those who serve in the military are owed a debt of gratitude by everyone who lives in this country,” said Oroho. “The Helmets to Hardhats program is one way New Jersey shows its appreciation for the sacrifices made by those in the armed services. At a time when many people are facing an uncertain future, the H2H program is an opportunity for veterans to find a good-paying job by completing a reputable training program.”
“I commend the governor for his commitment in partnering with the building and construction trades in helping our veterans transition back into the work force,” said McHose. “The H2H program provides an opportunity for those who served our country to acquire a skill that is viable and obtain a job. All our military men and women are looking for when they return home is an opportunity, and H2H helps open that door. It represents one way to say ‘thank you’ for your service.”
Some of the qualification needed to participate in the program include that a veteran be at least 18 years of age; hold a high school diploma or GED; remain drug free and submit to drug testing as required in the apprenticeship application process; and have an interest in a career in the building and construction trades.
“The H2H program provides a unique opportunity for veterans who face the challenge of transitioning back to the civilian work,” said Chiusano. “Acquiring a trade skill will help those with an uncertain future with a chance to build a career and provide for their families. The partnership between the Christie Administration and the Building and Construction Trades Council shows that we appreciate the sacrifices made by those who served in the military and they are not forgotten.”