October is Proclaimed Careers in Construction Month in Wisconsin

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[Madison, Wisc…] A recent survey found that for the fourth year in a row, jobs for skilled trade workers are the hardest to fill, including those in the construction industry. To help highlight the personally and financially rewarding careers available in the trades, Wisconsin has proclaimed October as Careers in Construction Month.


Between now and 2018, the construction industry will need nearly two million new craft professionals to fill available positions. These are not just jobs, these are careers that Wisconsinites can start right out of high school. With an ABC of Wisconsin apprenticeship, individuals can begin working on day one – while getting paid for in-class and on-the-job training.

Upon completion, apprentice graduates are fully prepared for a career in construction, and they have already been working for their employer for multiple years – unlike four-year college graduates who face daunting work searches upon graduation.

“These are good jobs that lead to great careers,” said Leigh Emrick, ABC of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Director. “Our apprentices complete their programs with little to no student debt, and many make significantly more money than the average recent college graduate.”

Construction is one of the nation’s largest industries, employing more than 100,000 people in Wisconsin alone. In addition, a career in construction can never be outsourced. As long as Wisconsinites need homes, schools, hospitals and other structures, jobs will be available in the construction industry.

“Our more than 800 members tell us on a daily basis that their biggest concern is the need for more skilled workers,” added Elizabeth Roddy, ABC of Wisconsin Recruitment and Training Director. “That is why we are happy to partner with the state in proclaiming October as Careers in Construction Month.”

Whether someone is a recent high school graduate or simply looking for a new career, construction could be the right fit. To learn more about a career in construction, visit www.abcwi.org/careers.

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