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Construction contractors should consider Fast Forward Grants for skills gap

8/9/2018 11:29 AM
WFF logoWisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) training grants have provided training for more than 20,000 Wisconsin workers since 2013. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) would like more construction contractors to take advantage of the program ... Read the rest of entry »

‘I should just do it myself’

7/25/2018 11:06 AM
Most ABC of Wisconsin contractors are turning to apprenticeship to fill the skills gap at the entry-level, but what is available at the supervisory level? Employers have been promoting their best journeymen to supervisory-level positions. Often, this is a good solution because it recognizes loyal employees and allows them to move up. There can be a problem with this approach, however. A talented skilled trades person does not necessarily make a good supervisor. Enter ABC of Wisconsin’s Construction U Management Education programs. Over the past three years, your association has been developing high-quality, proven programs to address the educational needs of construction supervisory and management teams.  Read the rest of entry »

Developing your talent pipeline through youth apprenticeship

7/11/2018 9:38 AM
Labor shortage stories seem to cover the front page of newspapers daily. Employers across diverse industries, including construction, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing and transportation report increasing difficulty attracting and retaining enough skilled workers to meet the demand for their products and services. For example, Wisconsin's short-term projections for construction laborers indicate that nearly 2,200 openings will occur annually through 2019, including new openings and replacements. Long-term projections show a similar picture with 540 construction laborer openings created annually through 2024.

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has been working with many public and private sector partners to devise and deploy strategies to help employers meet their needs for skilled workers. The Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is one of the rapidly growing strategies that is gaining popularity among ABC members. Read the rest of entry »

Making music in construction contract management

7/6/2018 11:19 AM
A few weeks back, my daughter treated me to tickets for an Anderson East concert at the Majestic Theatre in Madison (By the way, he puts on a great show.) During the second set, he covered one of my favorite old tunes by Sam & Dave, “Hold On, I’m Coming.” He then immediately transitioned into his hit “All On My Mind.” OK, you’re thinking, "What in the world does this have to do with construction contract management?" Well, it has to do with the transition of time and the evolution of risk transfer. Read the rest of entry »

The EEOC anticipates an increase in sexual harassment claims – Are you prepared?

6/28/2018 9:39 AM
The #MeToo movement continues to gain momentum, empowering many individuals to speak up against workplace harassment. In anticipation of a resulting uptick in sexual harassment and discrimination claims, Congress added $16 million to this year’s EEOC budget. This is a substantial development. The #MeToo movement has also caused many employers to question what their obligations are when it comes to preventing and remedying workplace harassment. Read the rest of entry »

Millennials in construction: What you should know about the new generation of workers

6/19/2018 9:08 AM
When Homer Auge talks about millennials on the job site, he’s speaking about his peers. The 34-year-old roofing project manager at Corporate Contractors Inc. (CCI) of Beloit is counted among the early members of the millennial generation, who now make up the largest generation in the workforce. Read the rest of entry »

How passion turns to gold: Jacob Moody, champion

6/12/2018 8:50 AM
If you’ve met Jacob Moody, you know how passionate he is about the construction industry. His motivation to continue learning earned him a gold medal last March at the ABC National Craft Championships (NCC) in Long Beach, CA. He qualified for the national competition by earning gold at the ABC of Wisconsin Skill Competition in January.  Read the rest of entry »

Why we make a big deal of apprenticeship graduations

6/5/2018 8:59 AM
The atmosphere was very festive as the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin recognized its apprentices during a recent Graduation Banquet. I’ve attended many commencement ceremonies over the past couple of decades, and none was more emotional than this one. With a record 500 graduates, family members, friends and instructors in attendance, it was the ABC of Wisconsin’s largest graduation banquet yet. Read the rest of entry »

A special note about the new Wisconsin State Electrical Code

5/29/2018 1:05 PM
The Wisconsin State Electrical Code is in the process of being updated to 2017 NEC. The updated code will become effective in part on Aug. 1, 2018. Staff from the DSPS Office of Education and Exams are working with subject matter experts in their Division of Industry Services to update the questions used in the exams. Read the rest of entry »

What two legislative wins for apprenticeship means for Wisconsin contractors

5/22/2018 2:56 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin scored two decisive legislative victories this spring, as Gov. Scott Walker signed two bills into law that will help address the skilled labor gap. The ABC-backed measures reduce the state’s journeymen-to-apprentice ratios to 1-to-1 for all construction trades and allows qualified high school students to enter into adult apprenticeship programs during their senior year. Read the rest of entry »
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