May 20, 2015 North County Opportunities Expo: Trades, Training and Apprenticeships

By on May 15, 2015
North County Opportunities Expo: Trades, Training and Apprenticeships

St. Louis Community College is partnering with several community organizations to sponsor North County Opportunities Expo: Trades, Training and Apprenticeships.

The expo takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in the Student Center Multipurpose Room on the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson.

For information, call the recorded event line at 314-539-5791.

The expo is a place to connect with resources for employment in the building and skilled trades and other high-skill technical fields. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore various training and apprenticeship programs in union trades, and technical training in advanced manufacturing, transportation, logistics and distribution.

The last expo in January attracted 371 attendees. Approximately 14 trades, training and apprenticeship programs recruited numerous trainees and students.

Attendees are encouraged to submit applications at this event when possible. Some trades require the following: a valid photo ID, a high school diploma or GED, birth certificate, and Form DD-214 for veterans.

“We are excited to partner with these entities to showcase all the vital opportunities that trades, training and apprenticeships can offer,” said Ruby Curry, interim president of STLCC-Florissant Valley.

During the next 10 years, major construction projects totaling more than $5 billion already have been planned in the region. At the same time, the building and skilled trades face significant retirements over the next five years, and industry experts project a worker shortage for high-paying construction jobs. The expo presents an ideal opportunity to explore the trades and other technical careers and to learn more about joining the industry.

“Now more than ever, it is important that contractors reach out into every available resource to find the construction team members they need,” said Leonard Toenjes, president of the 550-member Associated General Contractors of Missouri. “The construction contracting community needs talented, hardworking people from every community in our state to address our current and future talent needs.”

“The Laborers’ Union prides itself on being the best trained and most diverse union in the St. Louis area,” said Gary Elliott, business manager of the Eastern Missouri Laborers District Council. “We’re proud to be a part of the North County Opportunities Expo, and are excited to showcase our organization and the type of work that we perform to potential new members.”

Community sponsors include 24:1, Ameren, Boeing, Associated General Contractors of Missouri, Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program, Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council, Missouri Office of Community Engagement, St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council, SLATE, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis Construction Cooperative (PRIDE), St. Louis County Workforce Development and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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