For U.S. military veterans, finding a civilian job has long been only half the battle. Adjusting to a nonmilitary home life and work world has been equallly challenging. The plumbers’ and pipefitters’ union is hoping to ease that switchover for veterans of recent Middle East conflicts by including two weeks of “transition training” as part of its new 18-week Veterans In Piping (VIP) welding pre-apprentice program. The extra training helps veterans, particularly those with physical and emotional war injuries, handle workplace biases and gives potential employers more confidence that their new hires can handle civilian jobsite stresses. Photo: United Association
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.