Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16Military and Government Oﬃcials have Lauded VIP as a Model in Workforce Development CAREERops Spring/Summer 2016 Dear Honored Veteran, As General President of the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA), I would like to encourage you to take a look at our Veterans in Piping® (VIP®) accel- erated training programs. Our programs include: welding/pipeﬁtting; technicians for the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) business; as well as a program that trains individuals to install and maintain lifesaving ﬁre suppression systems (sprinkler ﬁtters). e VIP programs are part of our nationwide partnership that provides high-quality skills training to all branches of active-duty military members as they prepare to transition back to civilian life. To date, we have nine VIP programs at eight military in- stallations, and with the help of our contractor partners, we have been providing meaning- ful careers for our very deserving members of the Armed Forces since 2008. We view our UA VIP programs as an opportunity to say thank you, to you—our ex- ceptional veterans—who have laid it on the line every day to protect our freedom. You will ﬁnd the UA is a perfect ﬁt for you. Our union is a brotherhood and sisterhood—we learn together and work together every day. e training that you will receive as a VIP participant is just the beginning. You will continue to train through our world-renowned apprenticeship program. Your new UA Brothers and Sisters in the ﬁeld will serve as mentors, help- ing you to become the best piping professional you can be. is is an exciting time to be in our industry. ere are no limita- tions. It will be up to each and every one of you to determine how far you can go. You will start as an apprentice with the goal of earning your journeyman status, with all the opportunity that provides. Aer that, you can be a foreman, general foreman, superintendent, project manager, and one day, you could even become an instructor, a union oﬃcer or own your own contracting company. e skills and qualities you bring from your military backgrounds are things our contractors want—honesty, dedication, discipline, and your desire to learn. ese are all attributes that frame a skilled professional. It’s also important to know that the UA is committed to your success. We have a proven track record and have trained over 1,000 transitioning service members who have found the perfect ﬁt with the UA. Join our brotherhood and continue on your path to success. With best wishes, I remain fraternally yours, William P. Hite General President Mark McManus Michael A. Pleasant General Secretary-Treasurer Assistant General President General President Bill Hite speaks with VIP graduates at Camp Pendleton.