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From the category archives: Workforce Development

Craft Trainees Must Meet Eligibility Requirements to Compete in NCC

To ensure eligibility, ABC member companies and chapters should verify that their trainees meet certain requirements in order to send
them to compete in the 2014 National Craft Championships.
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Craft Trainees Represent ABC Members at the National Craft Championships [Video]

At the 2013 National Craft Championships (NCC), Daniel Ary Sr. from Bakersfield, Calif., represented ABC member company TIC in the welding-pipe competition. During the competition, Ary displayed his passion for his craft and his passion for being a part of the construction industry is clearly demonstrated in the video below. By sending a craft trainee to compete in the 2014 NCC competition, ABC members can also showcase their talented and dedicated employees.

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ABC Members Experience Skilled Worker Shortage

According to a survey of ABC members, 75 percent of respondents’ companies are experiencing a shortage of willing and qualified craft professionals. These results support the findings of the Construction Labor Market Analyzers’ 20/20 Foresight Report, which shows there will be a nationwide shortage of nearly 2 million skilled craft workers by 2017. Read the rest of entry »

ABC on the Importance of CTE in the Construction Industry

ABC Pelican Chapter President Alvin Bargas discussed the importance of career and technical education (CTE) programs to the construction industry in testimony Sept. 20 during a congressional subcommittee hearing.
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National Craft Championships Intent to Compete Forms Dues Dec. 6

The National Craft Championships (NCC) Intent to Compete deadline is fast approaching. ABC members and chapters that want to send their best craft trainees to compete in the 2014 competition should have their competitors submit a form before Dec. 6. Visitwww.nationalcraftchampionships.org for more information. 
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ABC Announces 2013 Craft Professional and Craft Instructor of the Year

ABC May 3 recognized Michael Arledge, a journeyman electrician for Greiner Electric, Littleton, Colo., as its 2013 Craft Professional of the Year. ABC also announced Anthony Ayotte, craft training manager for the Cianbro Institute, Pittsfield, Maine, as its 2013 Craft Instructor of the Year. The awards were presented during ABC’s 21st Century Workforce Development Conference in Birmingham, Ala. 
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National Craft Championships Voting Contest Supports 2013 Competitors

A new Facebook contest beginning Thursday, April 25 supports the 2013 National Craft Championships (NCC) competitors who are gearing up for the competition, which will be held April 30-May 2. The contest provides an opportunity to vote for one of the 13 crafts represented at the competition. To vote, visit the NCC Facebook page here. The winning craft will be announced at NCC Thursday, May 2.
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It’s Not too Late to Register for ABC’s Workforce Conference

ABC members that want to participate in training that draws on the expertise of the leading companies and professionals in the business, get tools to improve on-the-job-performance and earn continuing education credits still have time to register for the 21st Century Workforce Development Conference, April 30-May3 in Birmingham, Ala.
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Register for an Academy and Get a Chance at a Free Night in Birmingham

ABC members that register for one of the seven educational Academies being offered at the 21st Century Workforce Development Conference by 5 p.m. (ET) on April 3 will not only gain a valuable opportunity to take their careers to the next level, but also will be entered into a drawing for a free night’s stay in Birmingham during the conference. 
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House Passes ABC-supported Job Training Reform Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives March 15 voted 215-202 to pass the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (H.R. 803), which will strengthen the workforce development system and increase employment opportunities by creating a more streamlined approach that focuses on businesses’ hiring and training needs.
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