Next NGA West In Your Community Newsletter

Hello Neighbors! This is Issue #6 of the Next NGA West In Your Community newsletter, with up-to-date information on this project and its impact on your community.

Attendees gain information at an N2W job training fair
Photo provided by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Training Fair on August 27

Another Next NGA West (N2W) construction training fair will be held from 4 -7 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, at the St. Stanislaus Heritage Center. This is an opportunity for the community to learn about the construction trades and careers that are available related to the Next NGA West construction project.

The latest projections estimate that the workforce on site will be in the hundreds, beginning as early as late 2019 and building to more than 1,000 workers on site through 2023. Such a large project presents a great opportunity to start a career in construction—and possibly to work on this five-year project.

Anyone interested in learning how to begin a career in construction, or those interested in networking for apprenticeships and construction job opportunities, should attend. Unions will be among the organizations present, along with job training organizations, to discuss the needs and options that exist in the construction industry. For example, specific information about apprenticeships and programs in carpentry, electrical, fabrication, heavy equipment operation, HVAC and plumbing—to name a few—will be available.

The previous construction training fair in June provided the opportunity for attendees to meet representatives from key organizations, including the Associated General Contractors of Missouri, Building Union Diversity (BUD) program, Employment Connection, McCarthy HITT, MOKAN, St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). These organizations, and others, will be at the August 27 event.

As of August 1, some of the unions scheduled to attend are, Bricklayers’ Local 1; Carpenters District Council; Iron Workers Local 396; Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council; Plumbers’ & Pipefitters’ Local 562; St. Louis Roofers Local 2; Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36; and Tile, Marble & Terrazzo Workers’ Local 18.

At this upcoming construction training fair, you will get the chance to meet with various training organizations, union representatives and employers. This event can help you get started on your path to unlocking great career opportunities in construction.

We hope to see you there.

Questions? Call the project hotline at 314-676-9418.

Construction worker on site with walkie talkie
Photo provided by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Construction Apprenticeships - What to Expect

If you are interested in a construction job, you will need an apprenticeship. A construction apprenticeship is a contract between an employer and an employee while the employee is trained in a building trade. Construction apprenticeships can last anywhere from three to five years, during which time the apprentice is usually paid on an increasing wage scale. The apprentice does not have to pay for their training. There are some general requirements for an apprentice. For example, you must be at least 18 years old, possess a high school diploma or GED, and pass a drug test, among other requirements.

Apprentices, during initial classroom training, are taught safety procedures, technical theory, manual skills and can practice their trade in a controlled environment. On the jobsite, experienced workers provide valuable hands-on instruction to apprentices for a specified number of on-thejob hours. Apprentices must also demonstrate knowledge of material and techniques. At the conclusion of an apprenticeship period, the worker becomes recognized nationwide as a credentialed journey-level tradesperson.

More information about apprenticeship opportunities and trades will be available at the next construction training fair from 4–7 p.m. August 27, at St. Stanislaus Heritage Center 1413 North 20th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106.

No registration is required. Parking is available at the site.

Start in the Right Place - A Graduate's Story

Attendees gain information at an N2W job training fair
Photo provided by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

I’m a graduate of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) program and pursuing a career in construction has been one of the best decisions of my life. Prior to entering the program, I wasn’t quite sure which path in life to take. I wasn’t looking for a job; I was looking for a career which could provide steady work, good pay and benefits.

When I was young, I knew I liked to fix things and use my hands, and I was always satisfied after building something that others could use. A couple of years ago, I heard about the BUD program from a friend and it sounded like a good opportunity to get trained by experts, while also getting paid through an apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship did a great job preparing me for the workplace. I learned the theory behind my trade, about safety and the most effective on-the-job techniques from experienced tradesmen. One of the most important things I learned was to believe in myself. I’m a firm believer that with the right training and opportunity, you can do anything.

I’m now a member of Plumbers’ and Pipefitters’ Local 562 on my way to a great career. I’m also engaged to be married, and my future has never looked brighter. For anyone considering a construction career, I would highly recommend an apprenticeship training program. The jobs are out there right now, you just need to start in the right place.

A Career In Construction - A Future of Rewarding Opportunities

Construction workers on site
Photo provided by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The building of the Next NGA West facility will provide many construction job opportunities in the coming years for the St. Louis community. The contractors selected to build this facility will need skilled workers during the next five to six years. Carpentry, electrical, ironwork, painting and plumbing are a few of the skilled trades that will be needed.

The training available from the trades in the various apprenticeship programs prepare workers by providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to be safe and successful. Some aspects may be challenging, however a career in any of the building trades can be rewarding with desirable wages, healthcare and retirement benefits.

The Next NGA West project is a great opportunity to start a career in construction. To build the workforce, unions and contractors are actively recruiting both people of color and women into the trades. Take advantage of this opportunity at our event to start a career in a skilled trade.

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Event Details


  • August 27, 2019
  • 4-7 p.m.
  • St. Stanislaus Heritage Center
  • 1413 N. 20th Street
    St. Louis, MO 63106

  • Information about careers in the following trades: CARPENTRY, ELECTRICAL, FABRICATION, HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATION, HVAC, PLUMBING and more!


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What’s going on at the site?

This summer, neighbors will see light construction activities inside the N2W site around Jefferson and Cass Avenues. We’ve hired a small business construction contractor to grade and maintain the site for temporary offices.

Neighbors may also see survey and inspection work that will prepare the entire site for significant construction.

Questions? Call us at 314-676-9418.

Construction Job Resources

USACE can provide information on organizations that:

  • Help you find contractors
  • Provide apprenticeships in the construction trades
  • Get you involved in educational programs
  • Provide training for people with no construction experience
  • Help employers diversify their workforce
  • Get you in touch with professionals who help address challenges facing your business
  • Assist you with developing career skills
  • Help St. Louis area minority- and woman-owned businesses secure work on construction projects

Call us at 816-389-3152 to get connected.