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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.
Estimated August construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in every state except Colorado on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. The August 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate fell 1.3 percent from a year ago to 3.4 percent. At the same time, the construction industry employed 287,000 more workers nationally compared to August 2017, according to BLS statistics.
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.
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.