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January 2015
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EDUCATION

1/9
Multi-Employer Job Site - OSHA Req.
8:30am - 10:30am
Concord, NH
Laura Bonk, Alna Assoc, LLC     

 

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1/14
Joint Loss  

Mgmt-NH Rules
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Concord, NH
Laura Bonk, Alna Assoc, LLC

 

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1/21
OSHA 10 Hr - Concord
7:30am - 1:00pm
Concord, NH
Jay Fitzpatrick, Worksafe NE

 

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1/28
CQM
7:30am - 4:309m
Portsmouth, NH
Kenneth Newton, PE., Baldwin Consulting

 

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1/29
Crane Signal
8:00am - 1:00am
Concord, NH
Dave Webb, American Steel and Precast Erectors

 



1/30
OSHA 30 Hr - Begins
8:00am - 4:30pm
Concord, NH
Jay Fitzpatrick, WorkSafe NE  

 

 
ABC YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP





A WORLD CLASS FACILITY FOR ABC MEMBERS' TRAINING NEEDS

Associated Builders and Contractors continues to be the resource for construction professionals to develop their workforce. In fact, over the last 5 years:

  • 95 students have graduated from ABC's Future Leaders in Construction (FLIC) program
  • 287 students have participated in ABC's Superintendent Certificate Program
  • 2500 Students have participated in ABC courses focusing on Craft Skills, Safety, Business Development & Professional Management

However, all indicators clearly show that the next 5 years will demand a greater need to attract and develop a skilled workforce and most importantly increase productivity among your current workforce to be competitive. Simply stated, improved productivity among workers is essential during a labor shortage that shows little relief on the way.

 

The ABC Training Center, in Concord, NH, has had much "traffic" since opening in 2007 and will need to accommodate the expected increase in workforce learning and development opportunities. Advancements in classroom design and available technology must be taken advantage of to maximize delivery options and to enhance the value of participating in ABC programs.

 

At this time we are making members aware of a capital campaign to raise funds/in-kind contributions for targeted improvements to update and improve the ABC Training Center. Please watch your ABC communications for further details and do not hesitate to contact ABC with any questions. We greatly appreciate your support. It is your Training Center and we look forward to providing your company and your employees with a world class facility to support your business success.  


ARE SUPERINTENDENTS DRIVING YOUR PROJECT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

Training programs, certifications, operator's manuals and service technicians are all available and accessible to provide support and assistance to operate equipment. Even the simplest of equipment, like home appliances, lawn mowers and the remote-control for your TV come with instructions and numbers to call if you need help. Every day we get in our car, put the key in the ignition, shift into gear and head down the road. It is hard to imagine not being comfortable driving a car. However, every one of us had to be taught and had to practice before we were allowed to drive by ourselves.

 

Everyday supervisors start up the project, shift it into gear and drive it until the day is done. They have to manage people, coordinate activities, promote productivity, enforce safety and control the progress of the project. Their responsibility is tremendous. There is sufficient evidence indicating that superintendents are the single most important individuals to assure owners and contractors achieve project productivity, performance and bottom line objectives. Translation: the success or failure of a project will be determined by the effectiveness of the project supervisor.

 

The construction process is a people process. Unfortunately there is no owner's manual or 800 number to call to get answers when the process breaks down. To be successful a supervisor must have the technical skills and be able to plan, lead, and control the project. So, where are most supervisors learning the skills and gaining the knowledge to be successful? Contractors do invest time and carefully select individuals who prove they have the interest and ability to develop into good supervisors. Yet, too often they overlook the value of formal training programs. The result adds challenges to an already challenging process. General contractors are heard accusing subcontractors of poor performance due to the subcontractor's lack of supervision. Subcontractors are heard saying that their employees are running the project due to the general contractor's poor supervision. Although it will never be perfect, there is room for improvement. Contractors (subcontractors, GC's, CM's, anyone with people who have supervisory responsibility) must commit and invest in training their employees who are or will become supervisors. Even if you train, the project may be difficult. If you do not train it is likely the project will be difficult. The difference between 'may' and 'will' is expensive and will greatly exceed any cost of training.

 

ABC's Supervisory Certificate program courses are providing valuable training for many companies. The practical, hands-on instruction has helped improve the performance and productivity of individuals currently enrolled in the program. For further information on upcoming courses CLICK HEREor contact dan@abcnhvt.org, 603 226 4789 with any questions. 

2015 Calendar of Events & Sponsorship Opportunities  

 

The New Year is upon us and the 2015 ABC NH/VT Events are now available to view. CLICK HERE to see them all - and to mark your calendars!. 

 

Our 2015 Premium Sponsorships are also filling up! Want to be recognized at all of our events...in all of our publications...on our website throughout the year? Consider a Platinum or Gold Sponsorship.  CLICK HERE for more information.  


 

Don't see something you like? Let us customize a sponsorship package just for you!  Call us: 603-226-4789 

 

Sponsorships still available!

   

DON'T FORGET...WE ARE STILL COLLECTING DATA FOR THE ANNUAL WAGE AND BENEFIT SURVEY...

 

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO COMPLETE THIS VERY IMPORTANT SURVEY! 

 

The NH/VT ABC Chapter is collecting data for its annual Wage & Benefit survey. The survey can be completed online this year; it is very user friendly and a quick easy process! Click HERE to complete the survey and please help ABC help you by participating.  

 

If you are not the correct company contact to complete the survey, please forward the survey to the correct contact. This year the survey results will be more important than ever! Due to low survey response and insufficient data, last year's survey results were not published.

 

If you have already completed this anonymous survey for 2015 Thank You! 




Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association representing more than 24,000 merit shop construction and construction related firms in 70 chapters across the United States. For more info, email: info@abc.org.


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