Apprenticeship Open House a big success

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin held an Open House in Madison on November 14. The event, which celebrated 30 years of apprenticeship by ABC, was attended by more than 100 students, parents, contractors and public officials looking to learn or share information about construction apprenticeships. Attendees ranged from current and recent high school students, college graduates and others looking to change careers. 

A number of apprenticeship candidates who attended the event had a trade in mind and wanted to speak directly to a contractor in a respective trade. PDC Electrical Contractors is one of those contractors on hand to meet with prospective apprentices. 

"You're all looking at good markets because there's a lot going on in the trades right now," said Gene Jacobson, PDC Electrical Contractors in Monroe, (pictured left) who was sharing information to apprentices during the entire event. 

Apprenticeship candidates were also on hand to speak to recent apprenticeship graduates, including Charlie Vine (pictured lower right) of Northcentral Construction Corporation in Fond du Lac. 

 "I didn't have any trade experience and they taught me from the ground up, " said Vine. "I'm 23 years old and I'm running my own jobs. The opportunities are endless if you want to work hard," said Vine, who already owns a home and wants to be vocal about the underrated benefits of apprenticeship. 

Apprenticeship candidates came from many different areas of the state.  In additional to learning more about enrolling in apprenticeship, attendees were able to view artifacts from the program's beginnings through today and experience heavy equipment operation with computer-operated simulators. 

Photos from the event can be found here.  
An event video can be found here.