2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
September 13, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Murphy and Petryk.
Referred to Committee on Rules.
1Relating to: honoring the 30th anniversary of the ABC apprenticeship program.
Whereas, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has built, sustained, 3
and expanded collegial and committed partnerships in order to provide 4
apprenticeship opportunities for individuals and employers throughout the state; 5
Whereas, ABC of Wisconsin is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the initial 7
approval of its Apprenticeship Training Standards, which occurred on August 3, 8
Whereas, the first set of apprentices were contracted into the program in 10
December of 1987; and
Whereas, ABC of Wisconsin has trained thousands of construction apprentices 12
over the past 30 years; and
Whereas, countless apprenticeship graduates have advanced to leadership and 14
even ownership positions with their companies and within the industry; and
Whereas, a number of their graduates have gone on to earn associate, 2
bachelor's, and master's degrees; and
Whereas, ABC of Wisconsin currently is training nearly 1,300 apprentices in 4
12 different trades; and
Whereas, ABC of Wisconsin currently trains roughly half of the electrical 6
apprentices in the state; and
Whereas, ABC of Wisconsin works with 11 different technical college districts 8
in the apprenticeship program; and
Whereas, largely, ABC of Wisconsin members fund their own employees' 10
Whereas, some ABC Wisconsin graduates have found their way off of public 12
assistance to a long-term career in construction; and
Whereas, almost 100 percent of ABC of Wisconsin construction apprentices 14
stay in Wisconsin and pay taxes, raise families, and help build Wisconsin; and
Whereas, the median wage for graduates of construction apprenticeship 16
programs is $69,000; now, therefore, be it
17Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That
the legislature 18
honors the ABC apprenticeship program on its 30th anniversary.