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ABC Keystone Facility

Building Careers at ABC: Apprenticeship Update

In October, ABC Keystone celebrated Careers in Construction Month, dedicated to the many paths available for pursuing opportunities in our great industry. Earlier in November, the Chapter celebrated National Apprenticeship Week. These celebrations of construction careers continue, as every week, apprentices enter the Chapter’s training facility to learn from their instructors the many facets of their trades, each of them striving to build their own skills and futures. Read more for an update on the Electrical and Plumbing programs.

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National Apprenticeship Week

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2020!

Join the ABC Keystone Chapter in celebrating apprenticeship and the many career paths and opportunities available in the construction industry! During the week of November 8-14, 2020, we will be highlighting our former apprentices and their career journeys from apprenticeship to leadership. Check back daily for updates and visit our social media channels for daily postings!

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Member Spotlight: Bill Lastinger, Benchmark Construction Co., Inc.

How does ABC provide you value?
ABC Keystone has helped us grow our business by providing a variety of technical and leadership training courses for our employees. The more employees learn skills that apply to their day to day responsibilities, the better your company will be. Knowledgeable employees are more engaged in their work and more valuable to our clients. That has proven itself over and over again through the apprenticeship certification program, management training options, and technical training opportunities, such as ASHE certifications and competent person safety training.

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ABC Keystone Top Scorers 2020 Craft Competition

Local Apprentices Take Top Awards at ABC Keystone Apprenticeship Competition

(MANHEIM, Pa.) Five local apprentices received top scores at the ABC Keystone Annual Craft Competition on Saturday, September 26, 2020, held at the Chapter’s training facility in Manheim. Earning the top scores in their respective trades provides these apprentices the opportunity to move on to the 2021 ABC National Craft Competition (NCC) to be held March 9-11, 2021, in Gaylord, Texas. This year, two of the Chapter’s carpentry apprentices received tied scores, and both with be joining ABC Keystone’s NCC team in March.

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ABC Keystone Pre-apprenticeship

THIS is How We Measure Success in Workforce Development!

This is likely not the first article you have read about workforce development efforts and pre-apprenticeship at ABC Keystone, the latter something we’ve focused on for the last two years. It is certainly not the first article I have written about the topic. But there is one thing about this article makes it very different. In this article, I get to share how our program has increased the talent pipeline.

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ABC Keystone Message from the President

It’s That Time of Year, Again

When we hear the phrase, “It’s that time of year, again,” we think of a special date or holiday. At ABC, it means it is time to start a new year of apprenticeship classes. What will the 2020/2021 school year look like? The good news is we have learned a lot from having to finish the 2019/2020 year virtually due to COVID-19.

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ABC Keystone Training Facility

ABC Keystone Apprenticeship & Training Trust Graduates 92 Craft Professionals

ABC Keystone Apprenticeship & Training Trust (KATT) is pleased to announce ninety-two Craft Professionals have graduated in seven apprenticeship trades, including: Carpentry, Construction Craft Laborer, Electrical, Heavy Equipment Operator, HVAC, Plumbing and Sheet Metal. The ABC Keystone Apprenticeship & Training Trust manages and operates nine PA-Registered Apprenticeship programs sponsored by Associated Builders & Contractors, Keystone Chapter.

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Pipefitting Apprenticeship at ABC Keystone

Pipefitting Added to ABC Keystone Apprenticeship Program

ABC is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Chapter’s new Pipefitting Apprenticeship program. Starting in September 2020, Pipefitting curriculum will be added for members who want the choice of having a pipefitter registered with the Department of Labor & Industry.

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President Message ABC Keystone

A Message from the President-CEO: Graduation – Are We There Yet?

Place yourself back in early 2020, and as May approached, members and staff were looking forward to celebrating the time and efforts that had been expended by the students in our Apprenticeship program. Four years of theory and hands-on training and 8000 hours of on-the-job training was nearing completion. We couldn’t wait to celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of the future of our industry!

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ABC Keystone Class of 2020

Congratulations to ABC Keystone’s 2020 Apprenticeship Graduates!

The ABC Keystone Chapter is proud to celebrate this year’s graduating class of apprentices. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the necessary postponement of the in-person ceremony previously scheduled for this past May, but we look forward to celebrating these graduates in alternate ways this summer. Please watch our website, social media channels and our upcoming August Merit Shop Spokesman for graduate features celebrating the class of 2020. This class has worked diligently for this accomplishment, and we look forward to further recognizing their achievements!

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