• Video: icon Mechanical Employees Show Families ‘What We Do’

    On Saturday June 16, icon mechanical hosted its first “Family Fun Day” at its facility in Granite City, IL. There was barbecue and a race car and kid-sized icon hardhats. There were shop tours and tours of...

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  • Trump’s Order on Apprenticeship Could Affect Our Future

    ANALYSIS by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Yesterday (June 15)  the White House echoed  messages that have been resounding locally and nationally in our industry for some time: We need to attract young people into...

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  • Construction Could Gain, As Trump Moves From “Celebrity” to Real-World Apprentices

    From Chronicle of Higher Education: President Trump plans to rework college-accreditation and student-aid policies in a bid to encourage greater use of apprenticeship training in higher education, a White House official said on Wednesday. Mr. Trump, who promoted...

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  • Should Students Get ‘Grades 13 and 14’ Free of Charge?

    From the New York Times: Free college is a lovely, sensible notion — but countries seem capable of embracing it only when enough of their top earners pay 50 percent or more of their income in taxes. In...

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  • Anyone With a Smartphone Should Have a Smart Job

    by Zoë Baird, CEO and President, Markle Foundation Job openings are at near-record high levels. There are 5.7 million jobs across the country right now that are unfilled. At the same time, too many Americans are frustrated by a...

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  • German/Swiss Trade Trainees Come Here to Learn

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL What would St. Louis region contractors, already harried by labor shortages, think if some of their crafts workers said that they wanted to take some time to work abroad...

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  • America’s manliest industries are all competing for women

    From the Washington Post:Baby boomers are retiring in droves, vacating construction sites and body shops and 18-wheelers. Now America’s male-dominated industries, faced with a looming worker shortage, are trying to tap talent that has traditionally found such...

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  • Video: Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe Says ‘Don’t Follow Your Passion’

    In an online “commencement speech” for “Prager University” ( a conservative, non-profit digital media outlet) Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” told all recent grads: “Don’t follow your passion.” Rowe revealed what he called the “dirty...

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  • We Lose a Cabinet Maker Who Crafted Futures

    David W. Goetz: 1958-2017 by Dr. John Gaal, director of training and workforce development, STL-KC Carpenters Regional Council What does a teacher do when a student steals his sandwich and won’t ‘fess up? Two of Dave Goetz’s...

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  • Meeting Tomorrow’s Workforce Where They Live

    As we wring our hands over the difficulty of attracting young people into construction we need to ask ourselves:  If we had grown up in their world would WE want to work in this industry? The same...

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