(WXYZ) - To help our troops secure good-paying, in-demand jobs, UAW-FORD is kicking off its UAW-Ford veteran welding training program.
Working with small groups of veterans to provide quality training, the course will consist of eight U.S. Military veterans, who will begin the six-week welding program. UAW-Ford is providing the training free of charge to veterans who are part of the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization.
For the first time, the UAW-Ford course is being extended to veterans nationwide. For those veterans who are not from the Detroit area, UAW-Ford will provide housing, per-diem for food and a Ford vehicle for their transportation while attending classes.
Classes are held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at the UAW-Ford Technical Training Center in Lincoln Park. It's located at 2550 Outer Drive.
Upon completion, the veterans are given the opportunity to certify with the American Welding Society. UAW-Ford also will provide job placement services in the areas of production, construction and repair welding. Industry sources project a shortage of 290,000 skilled welders by 2022 in the U.S. due to growth in the manufacturing sector and the aging workforce for this skilled trade.