ABC Keystone Celebrates Workforce Development During 2018 Careers in Construction Month

Kristi Pronovost ABC's Keystone Center Apprenticeship Blog, Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

October 2018 is “Careers in Construction Month” in Pennsylvania, and we invite you to join us at the following events as we celebrate the Construction Industry:

Construction Wars: A Middle School Career Exploration Event

Tuesday, October 16; Wednesday, October 17; or Thursday, October 18
9 am – 1 pm each day

ABC Keystone
135 Shellyland Road
Manheim, PA 17545

Over the course of three days, 200 area middle school students from Lancaster, York and Lebanon Counties will be attending this year’s Construction Wars, an interactive career exploration event, to experience hands-on activities with the help of construction professionals. During this Construction Wars event, students will have the educational opportunity to see our training facility, work with tools, understand safety requirements, and learn more about the skilled trades directly from construction professionals. Students will be building wood laptop stands, testing electrical circuits, bending sheet metal to make their own tool boxes, and more. Educators will learn what the construction industry needs in its future workforce and how careers in skilled trades are a viable, well-paying alternative to college. This event has filled to its capacity in the past due to its popularity with students and guidance counselors throughout the region.

Our middle school attendees say it best:

“This event is one of the best events I’ve attended. I would recommend this to a friend. Construction is a lot more fun than I thought it would be!”

Directly from an administrator/teacher:
“This was an outstanding introduction to different trades and at the right age. Get the kids involved early! Thank you for inviting us!”

Learn more.

This event is currently filled to capacity with students. To register your students and to find out more about the upcoming Spring 2019 event, please contact Stephanie at the Chapter office.


Apprenticeship Craft Competition and Construction Trades Discovery Day

Free to Attend & Open to the Public!

Saturday, October 20
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

ABC Keystone
135 Shellyland Road
Manheim PA, 17545

Featuring…

Plus…Construction Trades Discovery Day!

  • Meet the Employers Fair for Middle School and Senior High School Students
  • Helping students discover their passion for the industry…Discover their career…Discover their future!

Cheer on the Competitors! The best of our fourth-year students are going toe-to-toe in a competition that creates an opportunity for the top qualifiers to move on to the 2019 ABC National Craft Competition to be held March 27, in Long Beach California. Join us on October 20, to watch our competitors show their trade-specific skills as they compete against each other and the clock. The hands-on portion of this event will follow a written test earlier in the morning to gauge the apprentices’ technical knowledge of their craft. Craft Competition is open to the public from noon – 4 pm!

Free to Attend! Please RSVP online!
Contact Stephanie for more information about this event.



Excellence in Construction Awards Gala

Celebrate the Best of the Best in the Construction Industry!

Wednesday, October 24
5:00 pm – Networking Reception (Crystal Ballroom)
6:15 pm  – Dinner & Awards Gala (Courtyard)

Spooky Nook Sports
Olympic Hall
75 Champ Blvd
Manheim, PA 17545

The Keystone Chapter is celebrating the 29th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards! This awards program features contractors achieving excellence in safety, as well as showcasing the outstanding work performed on projects built in our communities by the members of ABC Keystone. Award winners will be able to submit to National to compete with merit shop contractors from across the country for award recognition as the ‘best-of-the-best’ in the construction industry.

More information/Register to Network with Contractors and to Celebrate Construction Excellence! 


View the “Careers in Construction Month” Proclamation

Featured Trades at the Competition: