ABC of Iowa Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week
For the third year in a row, Nov. 13-19 is celebrated as National Apprenticeship Week. During this week, leaders across the country will be highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships and the need for more students to join the trades.
Statistics on the need for a trained workforce are overwhelming — in the United States, there will be 6.1 million jobs in the construction industry by 2021 and 1.5 million craft professionals will be needed to fill them. Skilled craft positions remain the hardest job to fill in the U.S. and globally. In Iowa, we are hearing the same message – employers across the state routinely say it’s hard to hire enough skilled workers.
At Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa we are working to train more apprentices than ever before to help close the skills gap. As the largest apprenticeship organization in Iowa, this year we will train roughly 1,500 apprentices across our three campuses in Grimes, Hiawatha and Davenport.
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