A Contractor/Workforce Ready Training Program “Meet and Greet” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at II Monastero, 3050 Olive Street. The event is sponsored by Saint Louis University and hosted by 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis.
The program will help showcase work ready programs that train minority laborers and ultimately receive a higher level of minority participation in the labor force on construction projects. Information about City of St. Louis resources to assist with operations, finances and certifications will be available as well.
"The purpose of the event is to connect the contractors who do work for us with the representatives and some recent graduates of the various minority work ready programs throughout the city," said Michael Lucido, associate vice president of SLU’s Facilities Services.
“SLU, like all other owners, tracks minority contractor participation on their construction projects. We have long realized that just having a minority contractor does not ensure an equal representation of minorities in the labor force. All too often we hear that contractors are unable to find minority laborers who are trained in various fields to fill the contractor’s labor force. The goal of this event is to help connect the work ready programs that train the minority laborers to our contractors, and ultimately receive a higher level of minority participation in the labor force on our projects,” Lucido added.
“Jesse Lofton of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and I believe this is a great opportunity to provide a network for better access, relationships and more minority hiring,” Davis said. “We thank Saint Louis University and Dr. Pestello for taking a leadership role to better opportunities in the future.”
For additional information, contact project manager Cornelius Weaver in SLU’s Department of Construction Services at 314-977-2962 or firstname.lastname@example.org.