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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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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Future construction managers shorten learning curve with giant erector set

7/11/2017 8:54 AM
How do you educate 30 inexperienced college kids to a point where they will become good construction project managers? You provide them a real-world construction site with skid steers, cranes and excavators. This is what the Building Construction Management and Building Construction Safety Management
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