The Building Union Diversity (BUD) program is a five-week union construction pre-apprenticeship program, offered at no charge to selected individuals who meet the admission requirements. BUD offers enrollees a comprehensive introduction to construction employment and provides relevant national skills certification training, with a particular focus on job safety. During the program, several local unions also open their training centers to give participants some hands-on experience and a feel for each of the trades. The St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) has assembled a team of more than eight cooperating joint labor-management construction training programs (known as JATCs) to implement this pre-apprenticeship training program. Once participants have successfully completed training, they are enrolled in the BCTC employer/contractor database. The database serves as a pool of pre-qualified workers at various skills levels and proficiencies and is used by the construction owners and others in supporting the workforce inclusion goals that they are expected to meet and/or exceed, particularly in public-supported construction projects. The BCTC program team is committed to work with partnering owners and only offers training when entry-level jobs are available. Through its collaboration with contractors, Workforce Development Boards (WDBs), soft skills providers and other stakeholders, BUD is able to provide job and personal support services that offer participants and placed graduates the best possible chance for success. BUD also tracks graduate success. This success is exemplified in its 82% placement rate.

The BCTC program team includes, among others:

  • Bricklayers Local 1 Joint Apprenticeship Training Program
  • St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council Apprenticeship Program
  • Construction Craft Laborers Joint Apprenticeship Training Program
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 Joint Apprenticeship Training Program
  • Iron Workers Joint Apprenticeship Training Program
  • Operating Engineers Local 513 Joint Apprenticeship Training Program
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Program
  • Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship Training Program
  • Cement Masons Joint Apprenticeship Training Program
  • Floor Layers Joint Apprenticeship Program
The St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) and the Building Union Diversity Program BUD) has assembled a team of more than eight (8) cooperating joint labor-management construction training programs (known as JATCs) to implement and manage a construction skills pre-apprenticeship training program. Collectively, this group of U.S. Department of Labor (US-DOL) approved apprenticeship training programs, works with area Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) and non-profit job training organizations serving the un- and under-employed to identify candidates interested in pursuing careers in the construction industry. Funding and support also come from The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the United Way of Greater St. Louis.