SLATE Seeks Women, African Americans, Other Minorities for Construction Projects with MSD

Exciting opportunities to enter a skilled construction trade now exist especially for individuals in minority populations and women.

October 20, 2014 | 2 min reading time

This article is 8 years old. It was published on October 20, 2014.


The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) American Jobs Center has begun collecting information on individuals, particularly in minority populations and women, interested in working on City projects funded through the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD).

For most jobs, no previous pre-apprenticeship or construction experience is required. Training will be provided to qualified participants to prepare for such in-demand occupations as Septic Tank &Sewer Pipe Cleaner, Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Pipelayer, Construction Laborer, Plumber, and Pipefitter among others.

Workers with construction experience and pre-apprenticeship graduates who are currently unemployed or underemployed in an unrelated industry are also welcome.

To participate, candidates must:

  • Create an account on Jobs.Mo.Gov. For registration assistance, visit SLATE American Jobs Center located at 1520 Market St., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63103. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exception of opening at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays.
  • After creating an account, send a resume to with the subject line: Sewer Occupations.If a participant doesn't have a resume, or wishes to improve an existing one, SLATE offers Resume Writing Workshops. Visit us online at to view the Workshops Calendar.
  • A Special Project Advisor will contact the participant with next steps.

Construction both drives and benefits from economic growth. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs in this field are expected to grow by 22 percent over the next 10 years. Sewer occupations will be especially in demand throughout the St. Louis area as MSD undertakes massive sewer upgrades across various municipalities.

This ongoing effort will help MSD and participating contractors to diversify their workforce. SLATE will share a database of qualified individuals with MSD's participating contractors as jobs become available.

For additional information, interested individuals should contact

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