The St. Louis Building Construction and Trades Council is looking to replenish the ranks by training younger workers in the construction trades. The BUD, or Building Union Diversity, program has been around since 2015, but some would argue it has never been more important than right now.
“Many, many people are retiring every year, and we’re not able to backfill those people right now,” Stephen Lewis of the General Contractors of Missouri said, “so we are really focused on trying to get the workforce of the future into these jobs.”
The added bonus, according to the union, has been a significant increase in minority membership. The numbers have jumped from 12 percent to over 20 percent, according to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers officials.
Many of the jobs pay between $20 and $40 per hour, and the BUD program provides a free apprenticeship program for the students.
For more information on BUD, go here.