WHAT IS APPRENTICESHIP?
With an apprenticeship, you start with a job and build a career. Simply put, a contractor hires you, and then you enroll in the ABC of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Program. Over the next three to five years, you will learn everything you need – through in-class and on-the-job training – to strive in all aspects of your chosen trade. The best part: you get paid! Scroll through the overview on this page or visit the Application Steps to get started.
Your Career Blueprint
FIND A JOB
PICK A TRADE
Do you know what you want to do? With construction, there is a plethora of options. From electrical and plumbing to carpentry and HVAC, or a host of others, you can find the trade that best fits you.
Unlike applying to college, before you start your apprenticeship, you will need to find a job with an ABC of Wisconsin approved trainer. Want an interview? ABC can connect you with multiple employers.
The apprenticeship program helped strengthen my self-confidence by providing the tools necessary to pursue not only becoming a licensed master plumber, but also achieving another goal of becoming an entrepreneur.”
Milestone Plumbing, Inc.
START YOUR APPRENTICESHIP
Once you start working, everyday on the job is a learning experience. Instead of being stuck in a class for four years, you can learn by doing – all while getting paid!
In addition to on-the-job training, all apprentices get to hoan their skills with in-class training. The best part? You get paid to attend these classes as if you were working a regular day on the jobsite.
Training would not be complete without focusing on things like First Aid, CPR and OSHA regulations that will enhance what you learn in your other classes and on the job.
LIKE TO COMPETE?
Each year, ABC of Wisconsin apprentices test their skills against each other at a state competition. Winners get to take a trip to compete against the best in the country!
Each apprenticeship program lasts three to five years depending on the trade you pick. After you are finished, invite friends and family to watch you walk across the stage at your graduation banquet.
The ABC Apprenticeship Program is certified by the state’s Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. Just like a college degree, you will earn a certification that you can take with you your whole life.
WE ARE ALWAYS HERE
When you complete your apprenticeship, that does not mean your relationship with ABC of Wisconsin ends. We will continue to be here to help. Just ask.
FINISH WITH A CAREER
Instead of rushing to find a job after graduation, finish your program with the comfort of knowing you have already worked at your employer for years. You are well on your way to building your career!
KEY TO SUCCESS
Numerous executives and company owners at ABC member firms started where you are today. This is just the beginning of a very rewarding career.
BONUS: You get paid to work and go to school during your apprenticeship. That means you will earn up to $150,000 more over the next four years compared to someonE attending a traditional college!
Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin
5330 Wall Street
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: 800-236-2224 or 608-244-5883