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Yeah, WE Built That!

According to the 2020 St. Louis Economic Workforce Report, women make up 51% of the workforce, yet nationally only 4% account for the construction industry.  The Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development-Missouri Apprenticeship Team recently reported that 8% of Missouri’s apprentices are women.  In the past, it has been a struggle to get women into the trades.  The Construction Forum’s mission is to facilitate the collaboration of all the stakeholders in the STL Region’s construction industry to create inclusive, robust employment and economic growth.  Four Rivers Career Center will be hosting The Construction Forum, “Yeah, I Built That…and So Can You!” panel on April 27, 2021 from 9:30AM- 10:30AM.  This is a virtual event, so please register here:

Join us as we provide an opportunity to share and bring awareness to middle school and high school youth of the many career opportunities in the Construction-Built environment.   The Four …

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Pre-Apprenticeship Funding

In February 2021, the Office of Workforce Development launched an initiative to fund pre-apprenticeship programs throughout the state.

A $1 million investment of federal funds will be used to create pre-apprenticeship opportunities, supporting pathways to Registered Apprenticeships.

Community colleges, local workforce development boards, career and technical education programs, and some labor management organizations will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000. Grants can be used to develop curriculum, to build an apprenticeship program, and will require a pilot cohort.

MO Apprentice Ready will strive to meet the following goals: to create 10 new pre-apprenticeship programs, to increase the diversity of Registered Apprenticeships, and to increase active apprentices in existing programs through pre-apprenticeship.

Pre-apprenticeship is a program or set of services designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a pre-apprenticeship program must have a documented …

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Inside Missouri’s Apprenticeship Revolution

Apprenticeships are booming in Missouri. As Missouri businesses continue to search for the skilled workforce they need, more organizations are turning to this time tested — yet suddenly cutting-edge — training tool.

Although apprenticeships are commonly associated with skilled trades like construction, today’s apprenticeships exist in nearly every industry — including information technology, manufacturing, health care and energy.

For workers, apprenticeship can serve as the bridge between school and a profitable career — or as a streamlined pathway to advancement if seeking a career change. Apprentices earn while they learn, reducing or eliminating student debt altogether. They receive hands-on training from seasoned industry professionals and career-relevant classroom time, all in one program. 

Likewise, employers benefit from developing a broader and more diversified talent pool, ensuring that institutional knowledge is passed down before experienced workers retire and reducing recruiting and turnover costs. 

Research shows about 94 percent of workers retain employment …

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Missouri Apprentice Regional Resources


Did you know Missouri Apprentice Connect is website is full of resources? While you are searching for an apprenticeships you may find that the appropriate opportunity exists outside of your region or that you need more support to be able to access the training you need. The resources provided are designed to give insight on the community that your next adventure takes place in.

·       Are you wondering what museum’s exist in your future zip code?

·       Do you want to know where you can meet up with you new coworkers after hours?

·       Have you wondered what your transportations options are?

·       Do you need assistance with balancing life, school, and work at the same time?

The resources on Missouri Apprentice Connect include Apprenticeship Resources, Art & Culture, Missouri Chamber’s, Nightlife, and Transportation.

If you are looking for apprenticeship resources for your region of Missouri here is how you …

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