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Next NGA West plans job training fair

The Next NGA West team will host a job training fair from 5 to 7 p.m, Thursday, May 2, at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis – Herbert Hoover Club.

nextngawestlogoFour vendors will be in attendance to inform attendees about opportunities for apprenticeships and union and trade programs in such industries as carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, heavy equipment operation and more. In addition to the vendors — St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, Building Union Diversity, MOKAN and the Associated General Contractors of Missouri — representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will also attend. Registration is not required.

“A project of this size and scope gives many people in our community a special opportunity to enter a career in construction,” said Leonard Toenjes, president of Associated General Contractors of Missouri. “Lack of consistency in employment is often a barrier for new entrants into construction. With this type of significant potential for continuity of employment, that barrier can be lowered or eliminated. There are thousands of construction job openings in Missouri with great pay and benefits. We’re excited to have an opportunity for this project to be a stepping stone into a lifelong career.”

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to meet with many members of the St. Louis community on this historic project,” said Amy Snively, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman. “At construction’s peak, more than 1,000 workers will be employed to complete the entire project, and we’re using these events to inform the community so they can be eligible to work on this transformative project.”

For more information on the Next NGA West construction project, call the project hotline at (314) 676-9418.

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