Change is a reality that many military veterans face when their service ends. The transition back to civilian life can be daunting for even the most decorated service member. Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc., a leading electrical and telecommunications subcontractor throughout New England and the Southeast for over four decades, aims to help men and women navigate their way through this process and prides itself as a viable option as veterans consider new career opportunities. The company’s in-house apprenticeship training program is an excellent pathway to future success, and offers a supportive environment that veterans can thrive in.
Griffin Electric is fortunate to have numerous employees who served in the armed forces. With shared values and similarities between Griffin and the military, many employees who have made the switch note a smooth transition. A Griffin telecom foreman who served eight years in the U.S. Army states that “Griffin is a well organized and structured company. The military has a chain of command just like Griffin does…the transition was easy because Griffin gave me an opportunity for advancement like the military.”
There are also individual skills that translate well to a career in the trades and help veterans assimilate into new roles more easily. “Veterans of the armed forces are highly valued at the company because we honor their service to the country and because we recognize that their skills translate extremely well to a career here,” said Griffin’s corporate human resources manager, a U.S. Army veteran who served five years. “Employees who have military experience are generally accustomed to and appreciate a structured approach to training, understand the importance of being on time for work each day, and have a strong work ethic.” A mechanic at Griffin who served four years in the U.S. Navy echoes this sentiment and says that “as an electrician, you will encounter a multitude of scenarios which will require critical thinking, problem solving and mechanical aptitude. These are skills that the majority of service members acquire during their time in the military.”
Accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research and designated as an approved training site by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the apprenticeship program features classroom instruction and on-the-job learning. Classroom and hands-on instruction takes place in 27,500sf of dedicated training space that is part of Griffin’s headquarters in Holliston, Mass., and on-site at each of the company’s regional offices in the Southeast. Apprentices earn excellent compensation and are eligible for wage increases every six months, based on grades and work performance. They also receive full benefits while gaining practical field experience under the supervision of a licensed journeyperson. Through employment with Griffin Electric, and satisfactory participation and progress in its apprenticeship program, veterans may also be entitled to a monthly stipend from the VA through the Post-9/11 GI Bill to help meet the cost of everyday expenses.