This annual report, sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego, explores the current avenues and opportunities available in the construction field, including local trade schools and apprenticeship programs.

  • Unprecedented training opportunities for Bergelectric foremen

    With a work force of more than 1,700 employees in 10 offices across the country, the management at Bergelectric understands the importance of effective work force training. Indeed, a well-trained, motivated employee base is critical to the company's growth and future.

  • Training to keep pace with today's evolving technologies

    Helix Electric Inc. is one of the largest merit shop contractors in the nation. Helix has operating divisions in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area and Las Vegas, with their headquarters located in San Diego. Founded in 1985, the company currently employs more than 1,200 field employees and continues to expand.

  • Polycomp provides employee benefit services for Construction Trade Associations

    Polycomp Administrative Services Inc. is a California-based consulting leader in providing customized employee benefit and retirement plan administration with personalized service since 1974.

  • West Coast Group Benefits: Mission statement

    It is not enough for a consultant to offer the traditional benefit products and services to its clients. We must be on the leading edge of providing total benefit products and service to every client.

  • Well-trained workers improve business overall

    Hiring quality workers is the key to increasing productivity, controlling costs and growing a successful business. By providing hands-on training taught by accomplished professionals, students at Associated Builders and Contractors learn the skills they need to be safe and productive.

  • Construction Expo raises industry awareness

    San Diego Construction Expo2005 was developed to increase awareness of employment opportunities in construction, while improving its image.

  • The ABC story

    Founded in Baltimore, Md. in 1950 to represent the interests and concerns of merit shop contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national organization with nearly 24,000 members in 80 chapters throughout the United States.

  • Top 10 reasons to hire apprentices

    The following was created by the Apprenticeship Subcommittee of the City of San Diego's Public Works Advisory Committee. It's a list of the "Top 10" reasons why contractors should hire and employ apprentices on their projects. Utilizing apprentices helps advance apprenticeship training and insure perpetuity of the skilled trades.

  • Managing apprentices: Simple supervision suggestions for success

    Now that the fall semester has started, here are a few things to consider when your apprentices are in school.

  • Promoting student success: ABC and the San Diego Community College

    Training the work force of the future is crucial to the economic prosperity of the region. To meet this need, the instructional program for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Apprenticeship and Craft Training Program was developed as a partnership between ABC and the San Diego Community College District.

  • Apprenticeship training changes lives

    One of the best ways to master a skill is to learn from an experienced craftsperson. The problem for many individuals entering the construction industry, however, is finding a skilled mentor to teach them a trade, which sometimes forces them to settle for a career they may not enjoy.

  • Apprenticeship training transforms lives while creating skilled workers for industry

    If you want to understand how effective apprenticeship training is in creating skilled workers while providing tremendous opportunities for dedicated men and women, just listen to my story.

  • Online apprenticeship training offers convenience, quality instruction

    "John Smith" finishes his work day at a construction site in Imperial Valley for a member company of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC). He then drives to his Imperial Valley home, eats dinner, turns on his computer and logs on to ABC's new, innovative Online Apprenticeship Training Program. Once logged in, he can study lessons in his selected trade, take tests and perform any other tasks integral to a classroom setting. When he finishes, he can shut off the computer, relax and get up the next morning ready to apply what he's learned online to his work in the field.

  • Electronic apprenticeship training is lifeblood for low voltage industry

    When the doors of the new electronic systems laboratory opened last spring, apprentices of the Associated Builders and Contractors Electronic Systems Technician (EST) Apprenticeship and Craft Training Program walked into a world-class facility with state-of-the-art equipment.

  • Hands-on training provides competitive edge in sheet metal/HVAC industry

    People crowded around the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC) booth at the second annual Construction Expo, hungry for information about the organization and its apprenticeship programs.

  • Plumbing/pipefitting apprenticeship, craft training program develop lifelong skills

    As human resources director at Pacific Rim Mechanical, Rick Amison is always on the lookout for an Associated Builders & Contractors Inc., San Diego graduate or trainee.

  • ABC's electrical apprenticeship and craft training improves quality and productivity of skilled electricians

    Ron Dion, chair of the Electrical Apprenticeship Committee at Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), understands the benefits of the organization's Electrical Apprenticeship Program.

  • Learn from the best

    Companies are discovering that the most motivated and successful workers are those who have company resources in place to support professional achievement. A number of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC) members offer company-sponsored training opportunities, which work in conjunction with the ABC apprenticeship and craft training programs. They recognize the need for specialized career development programs - and encourage employees to participate by providing incentives for successful completion.

  • ABC training helps construction industry maintain competitive edge

    Running a profitable construction business is challenging, especially given today's shortage of skilled workers, rising costs, competition and rapid changes in technology.

  • Competition celebrates, honors importance of craft training

    The ABC Craft Championships program was developed in 1987 to help celebrate and recognize craft training in construction careers. The distinguished competition emphasizes the important role craft skills training plays in construction, by evaluating contestants' knowledge of their craft as well as their skill and talent.

  • The construction market payoff for hard work: Still room at the top

    Occasionally there is in the news a story about the new CEO of some well known company, a person who started at the very bottom of the firm and achieved incredible success. The most recent I've seen was about McDonalds, and it is a great story worthy of reporting. It seems, however, to be a relatively unique tale.

Archived Reports

Training to Build - 2015

Explore opportunities in the construction field with this special publication sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego.

Training to Build - 2014

Explore opportunities in the construction field with this special publication sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego.

Training to Build - Spring 2012

Explore opportunities in the construction field with this special publication sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego.

Training to Build - 2011

Explore opportunities in the construction field with this special publication sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego.

Training to Build - 2004

From local trade schools to apprenticeship programs, find out the numerous educational efforts that are currently in place in this special report, which is sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.