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For recent high school graduates, individuals interested in changing professions and those seeking a second chance at the American dream, there is no better time to join the construction industry. Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin is committed to recruiting and fostering the next generation of workers to close the skills gap. October is designated as national Careers in Construction Month, but ABC of Wisconsin works with high schools and community-based organizations year-round to ensure everyone has access to these worthwhile, family-sustaining career opportunities.
ABC of Wisconsin President John Mielke touted Gov. Scott Walker's record on apprenticeship in response to a letter to the editor in The Daily Reporter in Milwaukee. Pathways for construction apprenticeship have continuously expanded under Gov. Scott Walker’s leadership, he wrote, noting Walker signed into law a bill that makes adult registered apprenticeship available to qualified high school seniors who want to get a head start on their careers. It’s similar to high school students taking advanced-placement courses for college (dual) credit. Gov. Walker also signed a measure to change the skilled-worker-to-apprentice ratios to 1:1, which eliminates convoluted state rules and brings Wisconsin in line with many other states with similar ratios.
On Labor Day, we honor the men and women who build our communities. From roads to bridges, schools and municipal buildings, Wisconsin’s construction industry has contributed to our local development, advancement and strength for decades. And the construction industry builds people, too, by prioritizing well-paying jobs, professional advancement and lifelong learning.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin and our more than 870 members have been setting the standard for excellence in construction since 1976, and workforce development remains one of our strategic goals. Our chapter – the largest of 72 ABC chapters throughout the country – is working hard to recruit and train the next generation of construction workers. These efforts are most evident in our apprenticeship program, which features more than 1,500 workers who are receiving paid on-the-job instruction in 12 different construction trades.