Nick Novak discusses careers in construction on Madison’s NBC15

November 1, 2016

This story originally published by WMTV Madison – NBC15:

[Madison, Wis…] Many jobs today require a four-year college degree – even jobs that didn’t in the past. But a degree is not always required to begin a fulfilling career.

“Construction is something you’re going to have a job in for life,” said Nick Novak, Marketing Director for Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin.

“You can’t outsource these jobs.”

ABCWI offers apprenticeship programs for students and adults that help them begin a new or first career in construction. The jobs are diverse, and ABC offers apprenticeships in 12 different trades. “Plumbing, electrical, carpentry, all of these different trades that we so desperately need people to work in,” Novak said.

Apprentices who complete a 3-5 year program become nationally certified to lead their own crew. Novak says that these jobs can yield six-figure salaries over time — for some apprentices, in their twenties.

Novak said that an estimated 2 million new construction jobs will need to be filled by 2018. Those interested in an apprenticeship program can find more information at

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