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Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

APEX participantsMay 2017 -- With assistance from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's (DLI) APEX initiative, 32 pre-apprenticeship participants from Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 MN/ND (BAC) completed 12-week courses for the trades of bricklaying, tilefinishing and pointer-cleaner-caulking.

Before the end of the courses, 70-percent of the participants had found employment in the craft for which they trained. The remaining participants are expected to be employed within the next 30 days.

"It was amazing to see their smiles at the completion ceremony knowing the opportunities that await them," said Jody Paulsen, BAC training director.

BAC is one of four local partners included in DLI's APEX initiative to support efforts to expand apprenticeship opportunities in construction to women, people of color and veterans.

Pictured, pre-apprenticeship participants and staff from DLI and BAC during a completion ceremony May 19, 2017.