The average college graduate is tens of thousands of dollars in debt and many are left searching for a job after getting their degree. On the flip side, an ABC of Wisconsin apprentice starts getting paid on day one for on-the-job training and in-class instruction. Upon completion, apprentices have little to no debt and have already been working for their employer for multiple years.


A career in construction is anything but a dead-end job. From graduating high school to retirement, there are numerous ways to move up the career ladder.

In fact, many top-ranking executives at ABC of Wisconsin member firms started in the apprenticeship program. Anyone looking for a job that can turn into a career should look no further than the construction industry.


The skills gap is a real problem facing contractors today. There are simply not enough skilled workers to fill the jobs that are currently available.

In the next few years, the construction industry will need as many as two million new craft professionals to fill the jobs available. While others struggle to find work, you can start your career in one of the most in-demand fields in the country.


While many people turn off their computer at the end of a mundane workday, those in the construction industry face new challenges every time they step on the jobsite.

Those in the construction industry also get a sense of accomplishment as the structure they are working on is completed. Just imagine how it would feel to drive by a building and tell a friend or family member, “I built that.”


Construction is one of the largest industries in the country, and it is not going away anytime soon. As long as people need homes, schools, hospitals and more, the construction industry will exist.

Additionally, a job in construction will never be outsourced. While other jobs may be shipped overseas, it is impossible to build a skyscraper in China and send it to Wisconsin.


Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin
5330 Wall Street
Madison, WI 53718

Phone: 608-244-6056 or 800-829-9926
Fax: 608-244-2401
email: apprenticeship@abcwi.org