Skills Gap

OpEd: Construction Career Training is Essential to Economic Growth

0 June 11, 2014  featured, The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

In today’s edition of The Hill, Dan Brodbeck, the National Chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors calls attention to the construction industry’s expected skills gap and the efforts being made by both Congress and the industry to train the workforce of tomorrow. In particular, Mr. Brodbeck highlight’s the recently introduced Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which makes […]


Maintaining American Competitiveness Through Improved Workforce Training: A Guest Post By Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC)

0 May 7, 2014  featured, The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

In order to maintain American competitiveness, we must ensure that our 21st Century workforce includes the highly skilled and trained craftsmen and professionals that our economy requires. Over the years, federal workforce training and workplace development programs have been added and existing programs have been modified in order to address spikes in unemployment.  While these […]


A Week of Workforce Development

0 March 3, 2014  Construction Training

Workforce development shouldn’t stop for those people who already are a part of the construction industry. That’s why Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is offering its week-long Workforce Development Conference, April 29-May 2 in Birmingham, Ala. This conference combines popular and forward-thinking educational sessions, an interactive exhibit hall, networking events, and the National Craft Championships […]


Career and Technical Education Popular Among US Governors

0 February 28, 2014  The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

Workforce development, career and technical education, and job readiness have become some of the most talked about issues as states kick off their 2014 legislative calendars.  One reason these topics have become so popular is because many of our state governors have made them top legislative priorities for their administration.  The most compelling evidence of […]


Success in the New Economy: Technical Skills vs. College

0 February 7, 2014  Construction Training, featured, The Skills Gap

This video comes to us from Citrus College and beautifully lays out the real facts and stark realities that many students don’t consider when making decisions about post-secondary education.  Because student’s rarely make a decision this important in a vacuum, this video should be required viewing for parents, educators and counselors, as well.  Help us […]


Construction Training Programs Could Get Federal Tuition Assistance

1 January 16, 2014  featured, Workforce Issues

For students interested post-secondary education, money often weighs heavily in the decision. While federal tuition assistance programs provide support for students interested in pursuing 4-year degree programs at the post-secondary level, they do not offer the same for industry-recognized credentials. It’s no wonder career-specific training programs have no chance at competing. But if a new bill introduced […]