Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. is the voice of the merit shop in the construction industry. We accept the responsibility for making that voice heard. We believe the merit shop movement is a movement for the betterment of the individual... the construction industry... and the nation.
Want a successful career? Want to grow your skills without racking up debt? Find a program in your state that lets you earn and learn at the same time. With a network of over 150,000 employers in more than 1,000 occupations, Apprenticeship is developing a new generation of workers to help our nation succeed in the 21st-century economy.
We’re Southwest Carpenters—over 50,000 men and women proudly building America and helping keep it strong. Completing one of our apprenticeship programs is the best way to start your Carpenter career. Through our earn-as-you-learn apprenticeship approach, you have an extraordinary opportunity to learn in-demand construction skills. You can earn a good, living wage for you and your family—right from the start.
Hope Builders empowers disconnected young people, who are in danger of not reaching their full potential, with the job training and life skills needed to move out of poverty and achieve enduring personal and professional success. According to the Aspen Institute, there are more than 43,000 impoverished youth, ages 16 - 24, living in Central Orange County. High unemployment among this target population, coupled with low high school graduation rates, high rates of criminal recidivism and an incarceration system stretched beyond its capacity, will continue to exacerbate this situation for the foreseeable future. Major gaps in education and experience prevent impoverished youth from moving on to community college or to employment with a self-sustaining wage. Hope Builders believes that it has a unique opportunity to impact the ability of our community’s “opportunity youth” to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.