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Celebrate Women in Construction Week, March 3-9, 2024 and join the empowering Women Building Success events!

The Training Center is pleased to host Regional Training Director Lupe Ortiz for an introduction to Advanced Certification for Tile Installers certifications and a hands-on workshop for ACT #9 Gaug

The Training Center is pleased to announce this opportunity for journey-worker bricklayers to volunteer after work with our apprentices. This may be the stepping stone you've been waiting for! Spring pre-apprenticeship is fast approaching and we will be seeking out a part-time instructor to fill that role. Please contact John Slama with additional questions at [email protected] or 651-272-9910

Our annual Apprentice Contest took place May 6, 2023, where top apprentices from each trade had the opportunity to compete for prizes and notoriety. We had great sponsorship from so many of our signatory contractors, providing us with the ability to present some fantastic prizes. This contest would not be possible with the help and support of our contractors, suppliers, members, and pre-apprentices.

The week of March 5th was Women in Construction week and it featured International Women's Day. It presented us with the opportunities to highlight all the initiatives and work of women in the industry, promote the opportunities that are available to women in construction, celebrate women's achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women's rights.

The Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Apprenticeship Training Center welcomes interested parties to tour our training facility, learn about our apprenticeship program and its respective career opportunities, and get hands-on. Try craft basics such as cutting, setting, and grouting tile, or spreading mortar, applying a head joint, and laying brick to a line.

On December 7, we set up a booth at the Construct Tomorrow event at the Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center. These events are the best way to spark interest in curious youth and provide a basic understanding of both apprenticeship and the type of work our crafts perform. 1700 high school students from schools around the area had the opportunity to have hands-on experiences with different union trades. A special thanks to our apprentice volunteers Alexis Kroska, Christian Schultz, and Tong Yang and to Rod Schmidt and Terry Wong for stopping by.

Annually in October, NABTU (North America’s Building Trades Unions) hosts a conference for all Union Tradeswomen and their allies. It’s been three years since this event was hosted in person, and attendance at this year’s conference in Las Vegas was record-breaking! Thirteen members of Local 1, joined 65 other members of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers for a weekend of empowerment, leadership training, and comradery with 3300 union sisters from trades across the US and Canada.

In October, we had product representatives for Schluter Systems at the Training Center for two nights of hands-on demonstration featuring their uncoupling membrane and complete shower system. The uncoupling membrane is designed to reduce cracking in the subfloor and increase the longevity of the tile by adhering to the subfloor and allowing the mortar bed to float.

The International Apprentice Contest took place on September 23-24 in Boston, Mass. Seventy-five of the top apprentices in the International Union competed to earn the title of International Craft Champion in the following crafts: brick, pointing-cleaning-caulking, stone, tile, marble, terrazzo, cement, and plaster.