Building Union Diversity pre-apprenticeship training program enrolling for tenth class

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The BUD (Building Union Diversity) pre-apprenticeship training program is enrolling applicants for its tenth class, which starts July 10.

There are currently 10 slots remaining to be filled with participants who are interested in the construction industry and have no previous experience in the construction trades.

Participants in the five-week training program will have an opportunity to explore various construction trades to get feel for the different crafts and make an informed decision about the career path they’d like to pursue.

The BUD program was launched in 2014 to bring more minority and female workers into the union trades in a unique partnership of the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council, the Eastern Missouri Laborers District Council and St. Louis-Kansas City Regional Carpenters Council, with funding help from the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development.

For participants who complete the program, finding a job that puts them on a career path is key. BUD helps with that as well, putting participants in contact with union representatives who can direct them, and union contractors who can hire them.

To enroll, applicants need to visit SLATE at 1520 Market St., on the third floor, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to complete an application and assessment

For more information, contact SLATE at (314) 657-3545.

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