St. Louis construction apprenticeship part of White House summit

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A White House conference today will feature conversation about a new St. Louis program that trains non-traditional workers through apprenticeship programs in construction, manufacturing and other trades.

Building Union Diversity, a program started last fall by St. Louis-area unions, offers apprenticeships for workers including women, people of color and workers on the economic margins. The program’s first class of nine graduated in October, with eight placed in construction, iron works or other jobs.

A program representative said he hopes today’s event builds on past calls by President Barack Obama to use apprenticeships to train Americans for non-college career paths and jobs.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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