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ABC’s Roddy receives Technology Literacy Award from SkillsUSA Wisconsin

4/25/2018 9:43 AM
MADISON, WI – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Recruitment and Training Director Elizabeth Roddy was recognized Tuesday, April 24, with the Technology Literacy Award from SkillsUSA Wisconsin. The award was presented during the opening ceremony of the 45th Annual SkillsUSA Wisconsin State Leadership and Skills Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Read the rest of entry »

Governor signs AB 745, opening adult apprenticeship to high school seniors

4/12/2018 4:14 PM
ASHWAUBENON, WI -- Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 745 into law today in Ashwaubenon. The bill, authored by Rep. Romaine Quinn (Barron) and State Senator Pat Testin (Stevens Point), will allow high school seniors to begin adult apprenticeship programs early, similar to high school students taking advanced placement (AP) courses for college credit.

“By increasing apprenticeship opportunities for high school students, we are opening the door for high school seniors to get a head start on their career in high demand areas,” said Governor Walker. Read the rest of entry »

ABC of WI issues statement on Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement

4/11/2018 10:53 AM
MADISON, WI - Statement from John Mielke, president of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin, regarding Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement today (Wednesday) that he will not seek re-election this fall:

"On behalf of our 870 construction employer members in Wisconsin, I would like to congratulate ... (MORE) Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin 10th in year-over-year construction unemployment for February

4/3/2018 10:49 AM
The February 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate was 7.8 percent, down 1 percent from February 2017 and the lowest national February rate on record, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC WI issues statement on Apprenticeship Ratio Bill signing

4/2/2018 11:49 AM
John Mielke, president of Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin, issued the following statement regarding the Apprenticeship Ratio Bill becoming law in the State:

“Thank you, Governor Walker and AB 508’s authors State Senator Kapenga and State Representative Hutton. Setting journeymen-to-apprentices ratios at one-to-one for all construction trades will help the construction industry combat an ongoing shortage of skilled workers. Read the rest of entry »

ABC of WI apprentice earns gold in national competition

3/23/2018 9:29 AM
Wisconsin apprentice Jacob Moody earned first place in the National Craft Championships in Long Beach, California. Moody, a carpentry apprentice with Kraemer Brothers, received his gold medal in Carpentry: Residential/Commercial at the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Careers in Construction Ceremony last night.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction employees and employers thank Legislature for addressing construction skills gap

3/21/2018 12:51 PM
ApprenticesGroups representing both construction employees and construction employers today applauded the Wisconsin State Legislature for helping address the construction skills gap by allowing high schoolers to participate in adult apprenticeship programs. Assembly Bill 745 authored by Rep. Romaine Quinn (Barron) and State Senator Pat Testin (Stevens Point) could shave up to six months off the length of an apprentice program, similar to advanced placement (AP) courses that allow high school students to earn college credit. Construction apprenticeship programs are typically three to five years in length.  Read the rest of entry »

Wisconsin experiences lowest January construction unemployment on record; Rates down year over year in all 50 states

3/21/2018 9:33 AM
The State of Wisconsin and the U.S. both experienced their lowest not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rates on record for January, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Continued strength in construction resulted in a 7.3 percent January 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate, down 2.1 percent from January 2017, while Wisconsin's rate was 8.5 percent, down 3.1 percent from a year earlier.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC's Suzanne Knight recognized as Rising Young Professional of Construction

3/16/2018 10:45 AM
MILWAUKEE -- ABC of Wisconsin Education Coordinator Suzanne Knight was honored Thursday, March 15, at the Rising Young Professionals of Construction banquet. The event, held in Milwaukee by The Daily Reporter, recognizes a new generation of workers for positively making an impact on the construction industry landscape. What follows is her write up in the special awards magazine from The Daily Reporter ... Read the rest of entry »

Statement from ABC on Assembly Bill 508 passing the Senate

2/21/2018 8:31 AM
Statement from John Mielke, president of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin on the passing of Assembly Bill 508 passing the Senate Tuesday:

“Even before Foxconn construction, there’s a shortage of skilled trades men and women in Wisconsin. 
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