BAC Apprentice Training Center Local #1 MN/ND

The International Apprentice Contest took place on September 23-24 in Boston, Mass.

Due to an error in the job posting, the Minnesota and North Dakota Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Journeyworker and Apprentice Training Trust Fund is pleased to reannouncing an opportuni

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This year the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers' and International Masonry Institutes' International Apprentice Contest will take place September 23-24 in Boston, Massachusetts, at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. This contest draws the BAC's top apprentices from the U.S. and Canada to compete for the title of International Champion in each of the BAC's trades: brick, cement, tile, marble, terrazzo, plaster, pointing-cleaning-caulking/restoration, and stone.

On July 15, this year’s final pre-apprenticeship session ended. Many pre-apprentices come to this program with little or no knowledge of the trade, or construction industry, and we teach them the basics to begin to grow a career. They’ve spent the last six weeks working hard, both physically and mentally, to learn the very basics of what it takes to become a bricklayer or restoration specialist.

Recently, we had the opportunity to share our craft with a couple of groups of high school juniors, seniors, and graduates who participate in the Minnesota Trades Academy. This program tours local union trades’ training centers, where the students spend the day getting their hands dirty, experiencing a brief taste of what it is to be a member of each trade.

Our current pre-apprentices are reaching the midpoint of their six-week training. These first weeks have gotten students acclimated with using a trowel, building necessary muscle-memory, and reading a tape measure and level. Their primary focus has been on developing trowel handling and mortar manipulation skills, laying block to a line, and building pyramid leads.