Congratulations to the 18th graduating class of the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council’s Building Union Diversity program.
Six women and 10 men completed the five-week pre-apprenticeship, visiting the training programs of the Operating Engineers Local 513, Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1, Laborers, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, Iron Workers Local 396, Heat and Frost Insulators Local 1 and Carpenters. A graduation ceremony was held Sept. 19 at the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Training Center in St. Louis.
In addition to the BUD participants, three graduates of the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council’s pre-apprentice training program were also recognized and presented with their certificates of completion.
The BUD program was started in 2014 in an effort to bring more women and minorities into the building trades.
In the five years since, 233 applicants have started and 214 have completed the program, BUD program coordinator Russ Signorino said. Eighty-four percent of those graduates are now working in the building and construction trades, he said.
Seventy-eight started and 72 completed the program in 2019.