• How the ABC Institute Can Help Your Company

    If you own a construction company in the Space Coast , you know how important having qualified workers is to your bottom line. At ABC Institute, we are training the next generation of the construction industry, and we need your input. Become an ABC Institute Participating Employer and shape the education of trade professionals to boost your company’s labor force.

    We can help meet the training needs of your construction company in a number of ways. We can perform skills assessments before you hire a worker, provide entry level, accelerated skills training, and accelerate craft training. We also provide safety training, free labor consultations, and work in conjunction with the Project Management Institute at Purdue to educate aspiring construction project managers. Many of our programs require drug testing and meet OSHA 10 requirements, so our graduates are ready to work at your site. Continuing education opportunities are also available for your employees who are ready to advance by taking the journeyman exam and master’s exam. Let us help you create the skilled workforce you need to increase your workplace productivity and reduce turnover and absenteeism.

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  • The Difference Between a Journeyman and an Apprentice

    When you are considering construction careers in South Florida , there’s a good chance you will come across opportunities for construction apprenticeships and journeyman positions. Each of these titles refers to a specific stage of a construction worker career, and they have different requirements and compensation levels. Here is a closer look at the differences between these two titles in the construction industry.

    What Is a Journeyman?

    Journey A journeyman is someone who has already completed an apprenticeship and is qualified to work independently, without any kind of supervision. In many states, a journeyman has had sufficient training to be licensed by the state to open a construction company or offer independent services to customers. Typically, journeymen make between 30% and 50% more than apprentices do, though many factors, such as geographic region, type of work and employer, can impact that rate.

    What Is an Apprentice?

    Construction apprentices are craft professionals desiring more advanced skills and training. They spend part of their time in the classroom/lab environment and the rest of the time learning on the job. They get paid for their work but not classroom time and because of their skill level will make less than other construction workers with more training. Apprenticeship lengths vary but can last between two and four years. To complete and progress in an apprenticeship program, competency tests and on-the-job training are required.

    What Are Some Other Construction Industry Titles?

    After becoming a journeyman, some construction workers pursue a higher level of licensing, called a master’s license. Workers may also work in the construction industry in other capacities, such as foreman, superintendent, project management and other supervisory roles. At each level, there is typically a requirement for both work experience hours, continuing education and often a competency exam.