Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 11:49 AM By Donna Reichle
The construction industry has a message for career-seekers this October: the demand for construction workers is high, and firms are looking to hire. Despite an investment of more than $1 billion a year by its members to train the next generation of construction workers, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) says the industry currently has 500,000 unfilled jobs, and that number could more than double if Congress and the White House agree on a promised $1 trillion infrastructure bill. ABC member firms are highlighting the worker shortfall and abundant opportunities for aspiring industry professionals during Careers in Construction Month.
Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 9:11 AM By Donna Reichle
Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), has been appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s June 15 Executive Order 13801.
“I am excited to join Secretary Acosta’s task force to expand opportunities to citizens nationwide who want to live the American Dream while helping to build and rebuild our country,” said Bellaman. “As the president promised in his election night acceptance speech, every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential under his administration. That sentiment will drive this task force as we work to promote affordable education and rewarding jobs for all Americans.”
Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:29 AM By Donna Reichle
WASHINGTON, July 26--Michael Bennett, vice president of the Cianbro Cos., Pittsfield, Maine, today told Congress that industry-driven training programs should play a bigger role in government efforts to close the workforce/skills gap that has left 500,000 construction jobs unfilled in the United States today. Bennett testified on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development to call for support for President Trump’s recent executive order expanding apprenticeships, which would help ensure job seekers get exactly the training required for success in today’s job market.
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017 4:41 PM By Donna Reichle
WASHINGTON, June 15--Associated Builders and Contractors applauded President Donald J. Trump on today’s executive action on apprenticeships, which is an important step toward building new career opportunities for all Americans. If fully implemented, the order will allow industries to build innovative workforce development systems that address glaring skills gaps in our workforce. With the construction industry currently facing a workforce shortage of as many as 500,000 jobs, this order is an important first step to allow more entryways into becoming a construction professional.
Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 10:27 AM By Jeff Leieritz
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the winners of the 30th annual National Craft Championships (NCC) during its Careers in Construction awards ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ceremony took place March 3 at the conclusion of ABC’s Workforce Week '17.
Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 1:00 PM By Jeff Leieritz
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 8– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the finalists for its 2017 Craft Professional of the Year and Craft Instructor of the Year awards. Winners of both awards will be announced March 3 during ABC’s Workforce Week ’17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 8:30 AM By Jeff Leieritz
WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 8– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that nearly 170 of the top construction apprentices and trainees in the country will compete in the 30th annual National Craft Championships, March 1-2 during ABC’s Workforce Week ‘17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 1:56 PM By Jeff Leieritz
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 21– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its annual update to “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” which reviews and grades state-specific policies and information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial construction industry. The scorecard highlights states that have created a free enterprise-based environment where merit shop contractors are well positioned to succeed and calls attention to states where strategic improvements need to be made.
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 2:49 PM By Jeff Leieritz
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 26 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) continued its celebration of Careers in Construction Month today by announcing three finalists for its annual Young Professional of the Year Award. Finalists were chosen based on their career achievement, leadership and vision for the future of the commercial and industrial construction industry from a field of more than 30 nominations representing 20 ABC chapters across the country.
Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 11:06 AM By Jeff Leieritz
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the winners of the 29th annual National Craft Championships during the Careers in Construction awards ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ceremony took place March 4 at the conclusion of ABC’s Workforce Week.