Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Apprenticeship and Training Trust has partnered with Penn Foster, a leading middle skilled education and skills training provider, to provide career pathway programs for construction apprenticeships, according to kfmbfm.com.
Through the partnership, Penn Foster will provide construction courses available to ABC of Wisconsin member companies for entry-level employees and apprentices. The courses are available online and designed to help those new to construction and those already working in construction to more effectively prepare to enter the ABC of Wisconsin apprenticeship program.
The new Penn Foster courses are divided into two tracks. The Foundational Track offers courses for those preparing to enter the construction industry and includes Accuplacer exam preparation, algebra and Construction Industry Essentials—a series of courses that teach the basics most desirable to employers, such as safety, measurements and the tools most commonly used in the trade. The Continuing Education & Training Track is for current employees or those entering apprenticeships and includes construction print reading and 2017 NEC® (National Electrical Code) courses designed to meet the needs of specific trades.
"ABC of Wisconsin is excited to launch this initiative to underwrite courses on behalf of our members, which reinforces our goal to help them learn and improve their skills, so they can more quickly advance in their construction careers," says Wayne Belanger, director of education for ABC of Wisconsin. "By partnering with Penn Foster, a prominent force in workforce training and development, we can also do our part to address the skills gap that continues to cause labor market challenges in the construction industry."