Explore St. Louis Apprenticeship

Cross-training program developed for unions that serve America's Center to learn specific skills of each of the three participating trades

Explore St. Louis

Publication Date: 09/19/2016
Document Type: Informational Pages
Sponsor: St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment

Explore St. Louis and SLATE have partnered to establish a cross-training program with the three trade unions within Convention and Tourism industry - US Local 39 (Decorators & Displaymen), IATSE Lo-cal 6 (Stagehands) and IATSE Local 143 (Projectionists).

The on-the-job training will cross train each apprentice working at America’s Center to learn the specific skills for each trade (i.e. audio visual, sound production, exhibitor set-up and decoration).

Training will consist of a combination of classroom work and on-the-job training. Specifics of training for Decorators and Displaymen includes:

Truck loading and unloading; booth installation; booth carpet and padding installation; table and stage skirting; installation and dismantle of extruded metal systems; installation and dismantle of exhibitor owned exhibits and displays; aisle carpet installation and dismantle; drape and skirt processing; floor marking; audio visual production screen mask drape; special event props, flats and scenery; exposition and trade show rigging; graphics applications and tent installation and dismantling.

Specifics of training for Projectionists/AV Engineers/Computer Technicians/Stagehands to include:

Stage carpentry; stage lighting and electric; building and repairing props; set decorating; construction and repair of stage wardrobe; stage rigging; stage audio and audio visual; construction and repair of special effects; and set-up of exposition and sporting events.


GED/High School Diploma
Age 18 years or older
Able to pass background check with finger printing and drug screening
WorkKeys Assessment: Reading-4, Math-3 and Locating Information-5


Gino Austin, Apprenticeship Coordinator, at (314) 657-3524, or gaustin@stlworks.com

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