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DOL Highlights IBEW Member’s Apprenticeship Success Story Through Helmets to Hardhats Program

Loy and his father (image via USDOL)

Loy and his father (image via USDOL)

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The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) blog recently featured a success story from the Helmets to Hardhats program, which connects military veterans with opportunities to begin union apprenticeships and assist their transitions to civilian life. The USDOL blog story featured Timothy Loy, who served three years in the U.S. Army, including one year in Afghanistan.  

When his military career ended, Loy decided to stay in Lake Charles, Louisiana near Fort Polk.  The Indiana native quickly found work as a satellite TV installer but was interested in joining the construction trades. 

“I always liked working with tools and working with my hands,” Loy said.  “I always knew I could not sit behind a desk because I like to build things and see them grow from the ground up.”

Loy learned about Helmets to Hardhats through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  He quickly applied for a job with IBEW Local 861.  Within two weeks he began training at the National Joint Training Apprenticeship Committee chapter in Lake Charles.

Loy is currently on track to complete his apprenticeship in May of 2018.  Upon completion, he will graduate to journeyman status.  Through his apprenticeship he has gained real world experience working on the Golden Nugget Casino and is currently on the Lake Charles hospital project installing emergency power generators.  Twice a week Loy gets classroom training to help him complete his apprenticeship.  

The father of two had nothing but praise for Helmets to Hardhats and its impact on his adjustment to civilian life:

“I get paid to learn and to work so the apprenticeship program has helped me to support my family while providing me with a trade, a marketable skill.  Four years of college isn’t for everyone but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good career and make a good living. Plus, through the IBEW, I have friends and people I now consider as family.”


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