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From the category archives: Apprenticeship

Information relating to the ABC of Wisconsin Training Trust Apprenticeship Program

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The hard truths about soft skills

3/13/2018 7:56 AM
The construction industry relies on the strength of its workers -- not the physical strength -- but strength of character.  Employers need engaged employees who put in an honest day’s effort every day. 

ABC of Wisconsin’s online training partner, Penn Foster, recently conducted a survey of employers in the hospitality, retail, and restaurant industries.  Although, the survey did not cover construction, the results are universal, regardless of the industry. Read the rest of entry »

Apprenticeship ratio bills prompt spread of misinformation

9/27/2017 2:36 PM
Every legislative session, thousands of ideas are introduced, and Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin's government affairs team does its level best to keep an eye on all of them. Some, like the recently passed Foxconn incentives, gets significant attention ...
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ABC of Wisconsin Apprenticeship turns 30!

8/3/2017 4:07 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Apprenticeship is marking 30 years of service to the construction industry today. That's longer than most apprentices have been alive. If you were around during that time, you may recall the many obstacles and challenges ABC members faced getting the program started.
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