Thirteen is Lucky Number for BUD Program

By on June 1, 2018

by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL

The thirteenth cohort of the Building Union Diversity program graduated on Wednesday (May 30) in a ceremony at the AGC Training School. Sixty-five persons were in attendance, including graduates and their families; BUD instructors; union and other workforce officials; and contractor representatives.

There were 11 people in this cohort. During their five-week training, they were

 scheduled to visit the Operating Engineers, IBEW Electricians, Carpenters, Floor Layers, Insulators, Plumbers/Pipefitters and Iron Workers. The participants also expressed interest in several trades we have not visited with this round.

After the graduation ceremonies, area contractors and graduates participated in what has become a BUD tradition: “speed dating” job interviews over a catered lunch.

To download the contact information and trade preferences of the cohort members, click here.

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, and the Eastern Missouri Laborers District Council and St. Louis-Kansas City Regional Carpenters Council.

For more information on BUD, contact Russ Signorino, BUD Program Director (p) 314.303.6082 (e)

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