INSTALL St. Louis' pre-apprenticeship program targeted at high school students is being recognized by the Federal Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator.

"Your program, practice, strategy, or partnership demonstrates one example of the kinds of innovation and/or trailblazing efforts that has had a significant impact on the history of Registered Apprenticeship and/or has implications for Registered Apprenticeship in the 21st Century," a letter from the Office of Apprenticeship reads. "The National Education and Action Summit will celebrate the role Registered Apprenticeship has played in training the U.S. workforce for the last 75 years and will highlight the role Registered Apprenticeship can play in training America’s workforce for the next 75 years by featuring some of the innovative and trailblazing programs, such as yours, that are the foundation of the National Apprenticeship System."

Members of INSTALL St. Louis will join Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in Washington D.C. on August 1 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.