Individuals interested in working on the Next NGA West project can prepare now by acquiring the necessary skills. SLATE, which is located at 1520 Market Street 3rd floor, and MOKAN at 4666 Natural Bridge St. Louis, MO 63115, are two entities in St. Louis that help individuals find opportunities in the building trades. Additional local resources for job training include the Missouri Community Action Network.
A certain percentage of minority participation is federally required for this project. Federal contracts require Department of Labor goals for participation of women 6.9% and minorities 14.7% per trade. This means those percentage goals are applied to each trade: operators, carpenters, electricians, pipe fitters, etc. It takes a great deal of time in training to work as an apprentice or journeyman. Now is the time for individuals to start apprenticeship programs to ensure when the contract is awarded, the construction company will have a sufficient pool of qualified individuals. Once a design-build team is selected, individuals should apply directly to the construction company for position openings and employment consideration. The selected design-build team will be announced in 2019.
Veterans also have a number of programs available to assist with employment opportunities. The St. Louis Building Construction Trades Council has a program called Helmets to Hardhats that connects quality men and women from the Armed Forces with building and construction careers.
Prepare Now To Compete
You can start preparing to compete for employment now by acquiring the skills that construction companies will be looking for to help build Next NGA West. Learn more about getting the specialized training that can help you compete for these future contract employment opportunities by visiting these websites:
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers both offer a wide variety of federal career opportunities.
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