ST. LOUIS, MO/May 23, 2017 (STL.News) Steps are being taken to bring career opportunities through the construction of the new western headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).
On Monday, Project Connect Partners held a Construction and Industry Expo at the former Rhema Church on the future site of the Next NGAWest campus at 2233 Cass Avenue. The event gave individuals an opportunity to connect with pre-apprenticeship programs, apprenticeship programs, construction trade schools, contractor associations, unions, and contractors.
“There are many avenues to build a life-long career in a construction trade,” said Len Toenjes, President, AGC of Missouri. “With the growth we are seeing right here in St. Louis and across the country, it is important that we have a diverse and talented employee base to fill these jobs. We in the construction industry are actively seeking to educate and reach out to potential employees and contractors and are very willing to train people interested and dedicated in building a new career for themselves.”
Thomas Maddox, with the Cement Masons Joint Apprenticeship Local 527, says skilled and unskilled workers are needed with the NGA project. “We need young people, we need old people, we don’t care. We someone we can train to finished the concrete, to finish the floors, to finish the steps, to finish the sidewalks, to finish the streets. We need people to be able to build this neighborhood, the neighborhood in which they live in, to make it beautiful and something they can walk around and say this is something I’m proud of.”
Work on the new NGA western headquarters alone is projected to create over 1300 construction jobs. St. Louis Alderwoman Marlene Davis of the 19th Ward, says the anticipated development around the new NGA site will lead to even more opportunities.
“We have a future to look at and we want to get people prepared for a future, so not just a job, but a career.” Davis said.
Those who were unable to attend this event and would like more information about these construction job programs should contact Project Connect through St. Louis City Hall or AGC of Missouri at (314) 644-1525