Posted on 5/7/2018 9:15 AM By Michelle McKinney
GRIMES, Iowa (May 7, 2018) — Greg Spenner, President & CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC), issued the following statement upon the conclusion of the 2018 legislative session:
“I want to commend Gov. Reynolds, Sen. Whitver and Speaker Upmeyer for a successful legislative session.
“Their steadfast leadership and commitment to the Future Ready Iowa initiative and funding of apprenticeship programs ensures that Iowa workers will be able to receive the skills and training they need to be successful. More than anything else in state government, the work they have done this session will have the largest positive impact for the Iowa workforce.”
Posted on 4/26/2018 1:03 PM By Michelle McKinney
WASHINGTON, April 25—In testimony before a U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee today, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Keystone Chapter President and CEO David Sload, a 39-year veteran of construction workforce development, highlighted the role apprenticeship programs play in equipping workers with the skills necessary to compete in the modern economy.
“ABC and its member companies have the highest commitment to educating and training a workforce that is safe, productive and efficient,” Sload told members of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee at their “Pipeline to the Workforce” hearing. “Annually, ABC and its members spend $1.1 billion educating, training and retraining our workforce. I am proud to help Pennsylvanians grow their talents and pursue successful, lucrative and fulfilling careers in construction.”
The ABC Keystone Chapter has been teaching construction, safety and leadership skills through appre ...
Posted on 1/10/2018 8:42 AM By Michelle McKinney
GRIMES, Iowa (Jan. 9, 2018) — Greg Spenner, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC), issued the following statement in response to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ “Condition of the State” address:
“I appreciate Gov. Reynolds’ steadfast leadership on expanding apprenticeship training for Iowans. Her ambitious goal of ensuring 70 percent of Iowa workers have the skills they need to land a job by 2025 is a challenge we take seriously."
“As the largest construction apprenticeship-training program in Iowa, Associated Builders and Contractors looks forward to working with the Reynolds administration to develop the next generation of safe, skilled and productive workers needed to build Iowa and keep our country moving forward.”
Posted on 1/3/2018 8:59 AM By Michelle McKinney
This past Sunday, December 31st, Greg Spenner, President & CEO of ABC of Iowa, spoke with Dave Price of WHO TV Channel 13 News' The Insiders.
Spenner explained the skilled worker shortage, common misconceptions and what ABC of Iowa is doing to bridge the gap and educate young people on the rewarding careers in the skilled trades.
Click here to view the video.
Posted on 11/13/2017 8:00 AM By Michelle McKinney
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.
Our students are taught proper ...
Posted on 10/16/2017 2:26 PM By Michelle McKinney
GRIMES, Iowa (Oct. 16, 2017) — Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. Greg Spenner, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC), issued the following statement:
“As the largest apprenticeship-training program in Iowa, Associated Builders and Contractors wants to congratulate Gov. Reynolds on being appointed to the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.
“The Reynolds administration is developing concrete solutions to Iowa’s workforce crisis. We know the governor will serve as an important voice to help us develop the next generation of safe, skilled and productive workers needed to build Iowa and keep our country moving forward.”
Posted on 10/13/2017 3:11 PM By Michelle McKinney
Above: (L to R) Ginny Shindelar, VP of Education and Training shows Governor Reynolds and others around the new Virtual Reality Construction Careers Education Trailer. Governor Kim Reynolds tours the Apprenticeship Training Center with level one electrical instructor Dan Weekly, Ginny Shindelar and Mike Palmer, during a grand opening of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa Training Facility.
New Apprenticeship Training Center Opens in Hiawatha
Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa, state’s largest apprenticeship training organization, focused on producing more skilled Iowa workers
HIAWATHA, Iowa (Oct. 11, 2017) — Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds joined apprentices, instructors and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Iowa members for the grand opening of the new training center located in Hiawatha.
ABC’s 10,155-square-foot facility will expand access for more students to receive hands-on learning as apprentices. ABC is working hard to address the worker short ...
Posted on 10/13/2017 8:23 AM By Michelle McKinney
October marks Careers in Construction Month, an important time to recognize the investments made each year to attract and train the construction workers of the future.
There has never been greater opportunity for those seeking a rewarding path in a skilled trade, where one can enter the workforce right away as an apprentice, get paid to learn career skills on the job, and even work his or her way up to owning a business. Construction is an in-demand career with plenty of opportunity for people from all walks of life. It provides an opportunity for a well-paying career, not just a job—one that can’t be off-shored.
It is also among the few industries where workers can join as an apprentice or trainee and be paid to further their career through earn-and-learn programs, all without accruing massive student loan debt. Skilled trades are a viable alternative to college for young students. And, a 2015 survey found construction professionals are the happiest employees in the workforce.
Today, t ...
Posted on 10/12/2017 9:04 AM By Michelle McKinney
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11—Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s speech on tax reform in Harrisburg, Pa.:
“President Trump’s tax framework promises the lowest small business tax rate in the last 80 years, which would unlock the full economic potential of the 21,000 members of Associated Builders and Contractors. A growing economy means a thriving construction industry—when businesses are able to reinvest in wages, jobs, and expansion, ABC members are there to do the work.
“According to analysis by the U.S. Department of Treasury, the construction industry pays the highest effective tax rate of any sector of the nation’s economy—27 percent, compared to an average of 22 percent for other industries. Reducing the tax burden on pass-through businesses through tax reform is essential to addressing this disparity.
ABC members are overwhelmingly small, fami ...
Posted on 6/27/2017 11:31 AM By Michelle McKinney
Nearly 200,000 Construction Added Since May 2016, ABC Says
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