BWT in the News
On Thursday, nearly 230 construction professionals attended The Daily Reporter’s inaugural Women in the Construction event at Marcus Performing Arts Center in downtown Milwaukee. The event was meant not only to honor women’s accomplishments in the industry but to encourage more women to consider construction as a career option
If drywall and flooring could talk, it’d probably have a dark story to tell about Wisconsin’s ongoing construction boom. Behind projects big and small, say people close to the industry, there thrives an underground economy made up of contractors who cheat their workers out of wages and benefits to deliver projects on time and under budget.
Last month, Mindy Mulryan, workforce development/project specialist with Construction Business Group, attended the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce event hosted by Entercom in Hales Corner. The panel topic was ‘Veterans in the Skilled Trades Workforce’. Panelists shared information on how they assist in transitioning veterans from military life to civilian work; how they connect with… Read more »
Leroy Miller, Business Agent for IUOE Local 139, and Dan Eckstrom, Human Resources Business Partner at Walbec Group, recently attended a National Guard Reintegration event in Milwaukee for 100 returning military members and their families. Leroy and Dan, themselves both veterans, were able to share their personal stories and promote the great career opportunities available… Read more »
Wisconsin’s economy is booming, with unemployment near all-time lows and employers desperate for qualified workers. This is great news for young people just entering the workforce, who are affected for a very long time by the economic conditions of their initial job years.
Thank you to the more than 550 attendees that joined us at the Wisconsin Operating Engineers Training Center. Students, educators and parents from 60 school districts attended this biannual event to learn about the career path of an Operating Engineer. Watch for details on the Spring 2019 event!
In April, the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 375, allowing high school seniors to apply for and be registered in apprenticeship programs. This is a great way for students to have an accelerated entry into an apprenticeship and meet industry workforce needs. The Local 139 training center allows students with senior status to attend apprenticeship information… Read more »
The Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council, an arm of the state’s Department of Workforce Development, recently approved pre-apprenticeships for youth taking online classes through Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin as well as adults who are preparing for apprenticeships. This certification is important for the Wisconsin Operating Engineers because it formally recognizes DCA’s online program as a… Read more »