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GIJOBS.COM | JANUARY 2019 | G.I. JOBS 19 Finding an apprenticeship between $30 and $50 an hour, with a few in the $50-$60 range. "Our goal is to provide a good living wage with healthcare to keep you healthy to enjoy a good retirement," he said. HIGH IN THE SKY Taylor worked in the oil fields after he got back from Iraq in 2005. A heavy equipment operator in the Army Reserve, he ran equipment, drove trucks and worked on rigs before hearing about the Iron Workers Local Union No. 3 apprenticeship program from a family friend. Asked what appealed to him the most, he said, "Honestly, the money. The retirement." Once involved, Taylor loved the camaraderie of the tight-knit "cowboys of the sky" who work high above the ground. The first time he worked a structural job on a "story building" (ironworker speak for skyscraper), he was 16 stories above ground. "I was nervous at first, but it's like anything else – the more you do it the more comfortable you get," he said. "Now I don't even think about it. It's just like standing on the ground." Local 3 officials want to hire more veterans like Taylor because of the teamwork, discipline and work ethic they bring. "They show up on time, ready to go, and they're organized," Ribarchak said. BRIGHT FUTURE Employers have hired more than 408,000 apprentices since January 2017. As the Labor Department encourages more employers to set up apprenticeship programs, the opportunities are likely to grow. The seven occupations with the most apprenticeship programs accounted for 5.5 million jobs in 2016 and are projected to add another 500,000 jobs by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. So if the idea of getting paid good wages to train for a new career appeals to you, there will be no shortage of opportunities to earn and learn. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Labor (DOL) are great places to start your search. This list is by no means inclusive. Talk to your transition counselor to find other opportunities. DOL: Apprenticeship Finder This web portal includes an Apprenticeship Finder tool that allows career seekers to find available apprenticeship listings and filter by skills and location. Visit www.apprenticeship.gov VA Advance your employment prospects by learning a trade or skill through participation in VA on-the-job training or apprenticeships. Visit www.benefits. va.gov/gibill/onthejob_apprenticeship.asp USMAP The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) provides active-duty and Full Time Support (FTS) Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard service members the opportunity to complete civilian apprenticeship requirements while on active duty. Visit https://usmap.netc.navy.mil . DoD SkillBridge Eligible transitioning service members can participate in civilian job and employment training while still on active duty, including apprenticeships and internships. Visit https://dodskillbridge.com . Helmets to Hardhats Connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning service members with skilled training in the construction industry. Visit www.helmetstohardhats.org . Veterans in Piping This apprenticeship program offers high- quality skills training and jobs in the pipe trades to U.S. veterans and transitioning military personnel. Visit www.uavip.org . The Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program Program assists transitioning veterans from military service to civilian careers in the finishing trades industry. Visit www.pat-vp.org . JOSEPH PINEIRO (right) Sheet Metal Apprentice Postler and Jaeckle JOB LOCATION: Rochester, N.Y. AGE: 32 MILITARY SERVICE: Sergeant (E-5), Army (2012-2018) MOS: Aircraft Electrician (15F) DEPLOYED: Afghanistan If you're eligible for the GI Bill and your apprenticeship program is approved by the VA for GI Bill benefits, you can receive a tax-free monthly housing allowance (MHA) while you train. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides a monthly stipend equivalent of the MHA of an E-5 with dependents (varies by employer location), and is paid in addition to the wages earned as an apprentice. After six months, the stipend is gradually reduced – and is offset by progressive wage increases. In addition, if the program includes classroom training, apprentices can receive $83 per month for books and supplies. For more information visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/onthejob_apprenticeship.asp Using Your GI Bill PHOTO COURTESY OF SMART HEROES

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