Helmets to Hardhats
Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) is a partnership with Canada’s Building Trades Unions, their many employers across Canada and government stakeholders.
Dedicated exclusively to Canadian Forces members making the transition from active duty to full time employment, Helmets to Hardhats offers apprenticeship opportunities to achieve a journeyperson qualification in the building and construction trade of one’s choice.
To provide Canadian military veterans and serving reservists with opportunities for apprenticeship training and/or rewarding careers, with excellent wages and benefits, in Canada’s unionized building, construction and maintenance industries. To provide these same industry stakeholders with talented and highly committed military veterans and serving reservists who possess the skills, qualities, knowledge and experience to make an outstanding, long-term workforce contribution.
The Building Trades’ Commitment
Canada’s Building Trades Unions and many employers across the country who are stakeholders in supporting the Helmets to Hardhats program recognize the valuable contribution that members of Canadian Forces (past and present) have made to our country, as well as the outstanding qualities and experience that they offer, including inter-personal skills, leadership abilities, professionalism, dedication, and a desire to pursue continuous individual improvement.
Unions and stakeholder employers are motivated to accommodate members of the Canadian Forces (past and present) who may have physical and/or mental challenges, recognizing that these same individuals offer many other great qualities and abilities.
Over 6,000 veterans across Canada have registered with the program, and many of the Mainland Building Trades’ Affiliated Unions have signed on to participate.
Some veterans who found new careers through the Helmets to Hardhats program shared their stories; you can check out their testimonials, describing what the program has meant to them on the Helmets to Hardhats website.