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UnderConstruction Program

The UnderConstruction Summer Youth Program is an educational program designed to introduce and prepare high school students to successfully participate in registered apprenticeship training.

For the past 11 years, high school students in Minneapolis and St. Paul have built garages, decks, sheds and gazebos as part of this program.

During the eight-week paid experience (in the earn-as-you-learn-apprenticeship-model), students perform various aspects of carpentry, cement masonery, block-setting, roofing and siding under the guidance of a construction lead trainer and a youth manager.

The students receive an OSHA 10 certification and have a chance to tour various training program facilities such as the sheet metal and the sprinkler-fitters programs. More importantly, the interns learn what it means to be a good and productive employee at whatever career they may choose.

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UnderConstruction 2015
In June 2015, the 24 UC interns were busy building garages and sheds in St. Paul. Every Friday, the interns also toured union training facilities (sheet metal, low-voltage, iron workers and brick and tile) to learn about the work that each of these crafts perform as well as the entrance requirements, length of apprenticeship and general job duties. Both crews of interns also had "lunch and learn" events with contractors working on the Minnesota State Capital Renovation Project.

The UC program hosted its annual site visit day July 15, 2015, to showcase their work to apprenticeship coordinators, contractors, funders, and DLI staff members and to chat with the interns about their future plans in construction.

bullet View a photo gallery of UnderConstruction interns at work during the summer of 2013.

Read more about the UnderConstruction program in the Fall 2012 issue of DLI's Apprenticeship Works newsletter (PDF).