Individual Construction Trades Employment
Individuals interested in working on the Next NGA West project need to prepare now by acquiring the necessary skills construction companies will be looking for to help build the Next NGA West. 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.
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.
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
It takes a great deal of time in training to work as an apprentice or journeyman. Learn more about getting the specialized training that can help you compete for these future contract employment opportunities by visiting these websites:
- St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE)
SLATE connects job seekers to training programs and employment, helps employers diversify their workforce, and assists youth with career skills.
- St. Louis Building and Trades Council
Council of construction trade unions. Information on union apprenticeship programs.
- St. Louis Construction Cooperative
Information on construction careers and individual union apprenticeship programs.
- Building Union Diversity (BUD)
A partnership between SLATE and the BCTC, BUD is a union pre-apprenticeship program for minorities, women, and St. Louis residents with or without construction experience. All participants will complete 40 hours of construction Foundation Skills Program. Because several training facilities are located beyond reach of public transportation, travel assistance is provided to ensure program completion. The BCTC and its Joint Apprenticeship Program (JAP) training partners will provide eight (8) weeks of construction pre-apprenticeship training for the BUD program.
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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