Apprenticeship & Workforce Development

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National Craft Championship

2021 National Craft Competitors Committed to Excellence

The Keystone Chapter has a strong tradition of training Champions, several of which have brought home gold, silver and bronze medals earned at the annual ABC National Craft Championship. Each year, we send a team of top apprentices to this event. Throughout the final three months of 2020, training was once again in full gear. ABC Keystone’s 2021 National Craft Competition (NCC) team put in countless weekend hours preparing for the competition that was to be held concurrently with the ABC National Convention in March 2021. It was certainly a disappointment to all to hear the news in January that although the 2021 convention will go on as planned, the competition had to be canceled again this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns.process of a task or project to help identify waste and eliminate it. While eliminating waste in an organization can sound negative, it is not. Eliminating waste is essential to aid the development of employees and increase organizational efficiency.

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Workforce Development Update ABC Keystone

Keystone: Locking It All Together

By the time you read this article, you may have figured out February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. Though not in the league with other holidays like “National Donut Day” (which is June 4, 2021 – mark your calendars), without CTE your company and the construction industry would not survive.

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Message from the President-CEO ABC Keystone

Message from the President-CEO: Workforce Development…Now More Than Ever

As we enter February, we celebrate Career & Technology Education, or CTE month. Our partners from the various County Career and Technology Centers (CTCs) are the steppingstone and first rung into developing our Craft Professionals for our industry. We have had a long-standing relationship with both Lancaster CTC and Berks CTC. During 2020, we also entered into a formal agreement with Cumberland/Perry CTC and have opened a positive dialog with Dauphin County Technical School. Read more…

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ABC Keystone Installs Solar Array

ABC Keystone Shifts to 60-65% Green Electrical Energy Operations

(MANHEIM, Pa.) The Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter is pleased to announce that nearly 60-65% of the Chapter’s electrical energy is now sourced through sustainable solar resources following the installation of a rooftop solar array. ABC Keystone’s 31,000 square foot training facility, built in 2015, was constructed with green energy sources in mind. This solar array, installed on December 3, 2020, is the culmination of this goal.

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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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