ABC San Diego Fact Sheet
The ABCs of ABC San Diego
About ABC San Diego
- ABC San Diego, established in 1976, represents construction and construction-related firms.
- Nationally, ABC's membership includes more than half of the top 400 construction companies in the United States.
- ABC values economic freedom within a free market economy, with fair and open competition and a diverse membership constantly striving to achieve the highest levels of individual and company performance.
- The U.S. Labor Department reports that in 2014, only 13.9 percent of the workers in the construction industry were members of a labor union. The majority of construction workers—86.1 percent—chose to work in a “merit shop,” free enterprise environment. This is also true in San Diego County.
- Safety is a major focus of ABC. Our members are leaders in on the job safety with a Total Record Incident Rate of 50% and DART (days away, restricted or transferred) rate of 50% below the industry average.
Construction Industry Stats
- In San Diego County, 67,200 people were employed in the construction industry in June 2015.*
- Construction employment is on a steady rise. The California Employment Development Department projects total construction industry employment in San Diego to reach 71,900 jobs by 2022.
- Currently 19% of the construction workforce is over the age of 55 and these workers are expected to leave the industry for retirement. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a workforce shortage of 1.6 million construction professionals by 2022.
- The construction industry’s need for workers is expected to grow twice as fast as the average across all industries over the next decade. **
- For the second year in a row, Skilled Trader Workers is the #1 hardest job to fill in the United States according to Manpower’s Annual Talent Shortage Survey.
- Current State Apprenticeship Prevailing Wages in San Diego County throughout the course of the training:
- Electrical: $23.11-$44.13
- Plumbing: $22.29-$51.60
- Pipefitting: $22.29-$51.60
- Electronic Systems Technician: $25.93-$36.37
- Sheet Metal: $27.29-$40.77
ABC Apprenticeship Training Trust and Training Academy
- ABC San Diego proudly calls the City of Poway home, with a modern headquarters including state-of-the-art construction training facilities featuring full-scale workshops and classrooms. The location serves as a resource for members and trains hundreds of skilled craftspeople in safety, electrical, plumbing, pipefitting, electronic systems technicians and sheet metal trades every year
- Apprentices earn a full-time wage and regular pay increases as they advance through the program. Family medical, dental and vision benefits and all training fees are included in the wage
- Apprentices are employed full time by a company and attend class two nights a week, earning credits through San Diego City College while completing the program
- The state and federally registered apprenticeship program is 3-5 years in length depending on the trade selected by the apprentice. ABC also provides craft training in various trades.
- The ABC San Diego Training Facility houses 16 classrooms, a computer lab, and a hands-on working laboratory of over 11,000 square feet.
- ABC San Diego’s Apprenticeship Program has a long tradition of national Craft Championship winners, having won 16 medals in the last 14 years.
- Over 400 apprentices and craft trainees are currently enrolled in the program. In 2015, 50 students will graduate from our program.
- ABC is a major supporter of North County Trade Tech High and conducts regular outreach to many local high school students to promote careers in construction.
- ABC currently offers a scholarship program to graduating high school seniors who are enrolled in construction programs. The scholarship covers all of the costs including books, work boots and tools specific to their trade.
- In addition to the skilled crafts, ABC also offers a full array of management, supervisory and safety courses each month, training over 700 journeymen in 2014.
- ABC San Diego is one of 19 companies participating in Junior Achievement’s “BizTown.” Program. ABC’s BizTown construction shop is an opportunity to share the value of a career in construction with fifth grade students from San Diego schools. The students gain hands-on experience in plumbing and electrical work as well as project management.
* State of California Employment Development Department
** Workforce Under Construction/ Bureau of Labor Statistics
***Current State Apprenticeship Prevailing Wage Rates, California Department of Industry Relations