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  • ABC fights to preserve apprenticeship training opportunities for future construction work force

    Construction contractors working at the San Diego Unified School District now have to sign a contract with construction unions affiliated with the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council. This contract is commonly called a Project Labor Agreement, although supporters of the controversial agreement have dubbed it with the more pleasant-sounding name of “Project Stabilization Agreement.”

  • Training today’s work force to build the best -- and safest -- projects in America

    One of the top challenges every contractor faces in business today is the shortage of skilled, qualified workers. For nearly 60 years, the Associated Builders and Contractors has supported initiatives, training programs and projects that will attract men and women to the building industry -- and train them to be skilled professionals while providing them with outstanding opportunities for rewarding careers in construction.

  • ABC programs elevate skills, professionalism

    With the currently high unemployment rate in the construction industry, it’s difficult for contractors to think about a shortage of skilled workers; the operative word being “skilled.” Yet as the economy begins to recover, contractors will again find themselves facing the dilemma of a shortfall in skilled craftworkers.

  • Craftsmanship in America, ABC style

    Take a moment to look around your office, or think about your home. It’s likely to be a structurally sound enclosure with multiple rooms, doors and windows, a weather-tight exterior and roof, interior finishes, heating and air conditioning, a bathroom or two, a kitchen, lighting, power outlets, phone and data outlets, and other working or living enhancements. You are enjoying the byproduct of craftsmanship performed by American men and women employed in the building trades.

  • Future of the construction industry

    The construction industry always needs highly skilled craftspeople, and construction companies are always looking to recruit their future leaders. When workers retire, an increased demand for skilled men and woman is created.

  • Project Labor Agreements: apprentices need not apply

    By all reports, the current unemployment rate in the construction industry has topped 20 percent, so it’s no wonder that Big Labor wants a monopoly, via union-only labor agreements, on all public construction projects. There are several variations of union-only agreements, otherwise known as project labor agreements (PLAs) or project stabilization agreements (PSAs).

  • California uses CSLB to enforce electrician certification

    California’s electrician certification program for employees of C-10 licensed contractors began 10 years ago when then-Gov. Gray Davis signed into law Assembly Bill 931. Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of California opposed the initial version of the bill, but became neutral after additional language was added to protect the rights of electricians who did not belong to a union. Since then, the legislature has passed more bills expanding and refining the requirements of the program, and the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) has issued various regulations to implement the program.

  • ABC provides opportunities to improve lives, learn, grow, thrive in rewarding construction careers

    Associated Builders and Contractors is a national organization representing nearly 25,000 members in 78 chapters throughout the United States. ABC is committed to promoting the merit shop philosophy and protecting contractors’ rights to operate in a free enterprise market system and on a level playing field. Firms that do business under the “merit shop” principle strive to ensure that performance is based on ability -- if you merit the work, you should get it, and ABC works hard to see that you do.

  • Contractors adapt to evolving green requirements

    Low-flow fixtures, recycled material, temperature-controlled HVAC systems and increased use of natural lighting -- these are some of the ways the construction industry has responded to satisfy the requirements for LEED rating.

  • Multiple employer benefit trust fund administration

    Polycomp Administrative Services has been designing, implementing and administering all types of qualified employee benefit plans since 1974. With more than 120 employees, we have offices in San Diego, Woodland Hills and Roseville, Calif.

  • Apprentices fortify tomorrow’s work force with academic foundation

    There is a famous quote celebrated by educators as the best expression of the long-term hope of every teacher: “Education is not about filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” And in no place is this process better reflected than through the apprenticeship blend of on-the-job training and classroom experiences that allow students to “graduate” already employed and in their lifetime careers.

  • ABC Apprenticeship Training Trust, North County Trade Tech High School receive top national award

    Creating a contiguous transition from high school into post-secondary education/training in the skilled trades is both an ongoing goal and a challenge for construction trade apprenticeship programs throughout the country.

  • Great teachers key to quality training programs

    By definition, a skilled craftsperson is one who is highly proficient in a specific construction trade, be it plumbing, HVAC, electrical, carpentry, masonry and many others. Proficiency encompasses a wide range of skills -- in the mastery of hands-on ability, as well as the practical application of theory, code and other specialized technical knowledge. In today’s construction work force, a truly “skilled” craftsperson is one who has had literally thousands of hours of training in a particular trade. The most well-rounded of these individuals received their training both on the job, working directly under the supervision of a seasoned journeyman and through qualified training programs like those offered at ABC.

  • Discriminatory ‘labor agreements’ limit training, job opportunities for skilled workers

    In today’s highly competitive construction industry, it’s imperative that contractors who want to stay in business and build a positive community reputation perform quality work in a timely manner. It makes sense, then, that this can only be accomplished if you employ knowledgeable, safe and skilled workers to perform and install the work. The one thing the most competent of these skilled workers has in common is formal training.

  • The value of apprenticeship for all

    I have been involved with apprenticeship in many capacities and for many years. From an apprentice marine electrician and electronics technician to a building trades electrical apprentice, where I was proudly awarded “Apprentice of the Year,” to apprenticeship instructor for six years, to Electrical Apprenticeship Committee member for four years and finally to where I am now, Chairman of the Electronic Systems Technician Apprenticeship Committee at Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego.

  • ABC students take top honors in local craft competition

    ABC’s National Convention is a prestigious annual event saluting the heart and soul of the construction industry -- America’s construction professional. Earlier this year, hundreds of ABC members from across the nation gathered in San Diego to celebrate the merit shop and participate in programs and events promoting the excellent work performed by ABC member companies -- and their collective merit shop work force -- throughout the United States.

  • Advanced construction education at ABC

    Even with claims now surfacing that the return on investment for solar-generated electricity is somewhere near 33 years at current utility rates, the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems is rapidly growing -- and so is the desire for training in this blossoming “green” field.

  • Do you believe in ‘MAGIC’?

    For the third year running, the National Association of Women in Construction’s San Diego Chapter 21, in partnership with the Stanley E. Foster’s Construction Tech Academy at Kearny High School, will host MAGIC Camp; a unique summer camp for female high school students interested in nontraditional construction careers. This year girls from North County Trade Tech in Vista have been invited to join the students of CTA in this week-long event.

  • Training and planning for long-term business rewards

    The construction industry is an extraordinary upward mobility business. Today’s apprentice is tomorrow’s journeyman is the next day’s construction business owner. It takes luck; it’s risky; it can be dangerous; but mostly, it takes perseverance. It also takes attention to detail.

  • New federal rules requiring mega project review

    Have you ever heard the term mega project? What is it? Does it simply refer to the sheer size of a project? How does it affect the job? Is it something we need to be concerned about?

  • The fleecing of California taxpayers

    Special interests come in all flavors and have been a driving force in California politics for years. Most often, decisions are made for the betterment of a select few at the expense of the majority. So it is with Project Labor Agreements.

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Training to Build - Summer 2013

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Training to Build - Fall 2012

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Training to Build - 2011

This special publication celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego.

Training to Build - 2009

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Training to Build - 2008

Explore current programs and opportunities designed to develop a skilled work force in the construction industry.

Training to Build - 2007

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Training to Build - 2006

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