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Skills Gap

Jobs Ambassador: Building Wisconsin jobs requires reimagining higher ed

11/12/2019 7:00 AM

There is still a skills gap. The need for skilled construction trades workers, in particular, has created an eight-month backlog in construction projects in our part of the country. The continued demand of the longest economic expansion in American history and the undersupply of trained construction workers has led to a sustained skills gap. Solving for that gap would speed up projects, create project cost savings, still allow workers to command family sustaining wages, and do it without the crippling student loan debt often accumulated by their peers. Plus, Wisconsin construction trades jobs will never be outsourced overseas. 

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Why apprenticeship is becoming a smart choice for many

9/26/2019 1:39 PM

Many economists, employers and academics tell us that our post-secondary education system is churning out too many four-year graduates. For decades, many parents, teachers and school counselors have been stuck in the mindset that the four-year college is the best pathway for high school graduates to initiate a successful career. Many in our society think of it as the only smart choice, while students have been traditionally made to feel “less-than” by peers, teachers and others, if they choose an apprenticeship in the skilled trades ....

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Recognizing the skilled trades on Labor Day

9/2/2019 8:00 AM

This Labor Day, we continue the decades-long tradition of honoring the American worker, and especially those in the skilled trades. At Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade association with more than 21,000 members, we know that our skilled workers are our most valuable asset—the individuals who build where we live, learn, work, heal and play. And as an industry with an earn-while-you-learn education model, we provide a pathway for our workers to constantly hone their skills, advance their careers and achieve the American Dream ...

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Youth Apprenticeship: Making a historic link into adult apprenticeship

6/13/2019 9:55 AM
Youth apprenticeship has been providing career exploration and pathway opportunities to high school students for more than 25 years. It can be a big advantage for students who have an idea of what they want to do but aren’t sure if a particular career area is right for them. It also provides employers with a new resource for talent. Youth apprenticeship has been around for years in other industry sectors, such as auto and manufacturing, which have seen significant success with it. It was approved for construction four years ago and is beginning to gain significant momentum in Wisconsin. Read the rest of entry »

Celebrating Women in Construction Week

3/7/2019 10:06 AM
The number of women in the U.S. construction industry is on the rise. From apprentices to craft professionals, estimators and executives, women are represented in all facets of the construction workforce. And the opportunities to both join and grow within the booming construction industry are numerous, especially with a workforce shortage impacting the sector across the United States ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s most read blog posts of 2018

1/9/2019 3:31 PM
Posts on the Wisconsin Contractor Blog were read more than 48,500 times in 2018, according to a review of website statistics by ABC of Wisconsin. Throughout the year, ABC of Wisconsin uses the blog to present feature stories, analysis, advice and general information of interest to the construction industry.. Here’s a recap of our 10 most popular blogs in 2018. Read the rest of entry »

Budget priority sessions offer opportunity for ABC members

12/10/2018 9:21 AM
Wisconsin SealABC members may want to use the Governor-elect's budget priority sessions this month to share issues important to them, specifically, how 1:1 apprenticeship ratios, the elimination of prevailing wage and PLA neutrality have expanded training and/or opened up more work to more contractors in the state ...   Read the rest of entry »

ABC VP talks workforce development on Rural Wisconsin Initiative podcast

9/27/2018 1:51 PM
ABC of Wisconsin Vice President Kelly Tourdot was featured on the inaugural edition of “RuralCast” – a podcast created by the Rural Wisconsin Initiative – to discuss apprenticeships and workforce development opportunities in rural areas of the state. The Rural Wisconsin Initiative was created in 2016 by rural legislators to explore bipartisan policy solutions related to the challenges rural areas face in education, health care, workforce development and technology. Read the rest of entry »

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 »

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