Association of Builders and Contractors Prepares for Main Events in April
The Cornhusker Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC; www.abcnebraska.org) has two big events happening this month. On Wednesday, April 17, there will be a graduation celebration held at Round the Bend Steakhouse in Ashland for the current apprentices of the ABC – Cornhusker Chapter. In order to train skilled workers of the future, ABC offers an apprenticeship program, in which an agreement is entered into between an employer, the employee (apprentice), the program sponsor (the Cornhusker Chapter of ABC) and the various governing agencies (a licensing board). In short, each partner agrees to do certain things in order that the apprenticeship agreement is fulfilled. Care must be taken to insure that each party is knowledgeable and exhibits due diligence about their responsibilities.
The following week, on Thursday, April 25, the 29th Annual ABC Excellence in Construction Awards will honor contractors in the construction industry’s premier annual awards program. The Nebraska award ceremony will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln.
The Associated Builders and Contractors represent the interests of free enterprise and the ability for business owners to operate their business in a free, merit-based, competitive system. Their principles are described by the merit shop philosophy. They also help members train workers, win work opportunities, and promote safe, ethical, and profitable business practices for the communities they serve. The ABC also analyzes construction-related economic data and trends to provide news releases on issues affecting construction workers and the industry.
Apprenticeship applications or request forms for employers and event registration can be found online at www.abcnebraska.org. Questions can be directed to the ABC Omaha Training Center (2602 Harney St.) at (402) 344-4258 or the ABC Lincoln Training Office (830 Westgate Blvd.) at (402) 477-4451.