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A record 400 new contracted apprentices enrolled in Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin’s apprenticeship program this fall, bringing the program’s total number of participants to 1,454 across 12 construction trades. The enrollment numbers are the highest on record since the launch of ABC of Wisconsin’s apprenticeship program in 1987.
EAU CLAIRE, WI – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin on Thursday celebrated the state’s Youth Apprenticeship program and marked a milestone for a youth apprentice as he committed to an adult registered apprenticeship at Royal Construction in Eau Claire. “Apprenticeship Signing Day” featured Treyton Sloniker, a 2018 graduate of Greenwood High School who began a youth apprenticeship with Royal Construction in April 2017.
WISCONSIN DELLS, WI – Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin celebrated the accomplishments of 303 professional craft workers during the 2018 Apprenticeship Graduation Banquet on Friday, May 11, at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.Ninety-six apprentices were on hand to be recognized for completing their apprenticeships before a record crowd of more than 500 apprentices, family members and friends. ABC of Wisconsin also recognized three individuals as the 2018 Craft Professional, Instructor and Apprentice of the Year, respectively.
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.
Groups 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.
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 ...
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.
Three workforce-related bills passed the Wisconsin Assembly's Workforce Development Committee today. The committee action comes just a few days after eleven ABC members testified in favor of the bills, intended to address the construction skills gap.
ABC of Wisconsin members appeared before the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development today to support three apprenticeship-related bills, including AB 745, relating to high school seniors being allowed to participate in adult apprenticeship programs; AB 734, relating to creating individual or corporate tax deduction for apprenticeship tuition; and AB 124, relating to the marketing of employment and training opportunities to University of Wisconsin System students who do not complete degrees.