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ABC Wisconsin: Statement from ABC WI on AB 745; high school apprenticeship

Contact: Kyle Schwarm, 608-244-5883; kschwarm@abcwi.org

MADISON, WI – Statement from John Mielke, president of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin, on Assembly Bill 745, which was signed into law today (Thursday) by Governor Scott Walker in Green Bay:

“On behalf of our 870 construction employer members in Wisconsin, I want to thank Governor Walker for signing AB 745 into law. This very sensible initiative will help address the skills gap by providing more education access for Wisconsinites interested in highly-skilled, family-sustaining construction careers. The average age of a Wisconsin construction apprentice is 28, a decade older than the age of a typical high school graduate. AB 745 will exposed more of our youth into careers in construction without costing taxpayers any more money.”

The bill, authored by Rep. Romaine Quinn (Barron) and State Senator Pat Testin (Stevens Point), will allow high school seniors to begin apprenticeship programs early, similar to high school students taking advanced placement (AP) courses for college credit. Construction apprenticeship programs are typically three- to five-years in length. AB 745 passed the State Senate and State Assembly unanimously.

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