This fall, Governor Scott Walker joined Wisconsin construction representatives in touring the Wisconsin Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin (ABC) headquarters and apprentice training center in Madison. ABC is a national trade association for the construction industry that promotes the merit shop form of construction.
While visiting, Governor Walker said, “Construction professionals play a crucial role in the development of our state, and it is important to maintain the skilled workers we need to keep Wisconsin functioning. ABC boasts the largest construction apprenticeship in the state. Their efforts to bridge the skills gap ultimately provide Wisconsin job seekers with the training they need to succeed in a career in construction.” Wisconsin’s ABC chapter is the largest in the country, and consists of nearly 800 members who work as general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and associates. Their apprenticeship program currently trains over 1,000 participants in construction trades, and upon completion, apprentices are equipped with the training and knowledge they need for a career in this quickly-growing industry.