$13 an hour. This is according to information that the Michigan bases Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported to the DOL regarding their apprentices who graduated (1).

The Michigan based Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Department of Labor (DOL) Apprenticeship programs perform poorly in many metrics, but perhaps the most shocking is how little their apprentices earn after graduating their training.

The DOL requires Training Sponsors to report the wages that their apprentices are earning after graduating from training. Since 2000 ABC has reported that graduating electrical DOL apprentices from their training programs earn on average $13 an hour (1).

With wages so low it is not hard to understand why ABC struggles with recruiting and graduating apprentices. Since 2000 only 14% of registered DOL Apprentices graduate from their training with ABC which makes their success rate lower than almost any other educational institution (2). On top of the low likelihood of graduation, ABC apprentices are required to pay some of the most expensive tuition and fees for training and offer no financing and few scholarships (3).

The Michigan ABC’s practice of hiring individuals to run their chapters who have no construction experience may explain why their DOL Sponsored Apprentice programs perform so poorly. Three of four ABC chapter leaders have no hands-on professional construction experience as an employer or worker (4).


  1. http://abctruth.com/2017/10/06/read-the-full-report-how-do-abc-affiliated-registered-apprenticeship-programs-perform-in-michigan/
  2. http://abctruth.com/abc-michigan-graduation-rate/
  3. http://abctruth.com/how-much-does-gmca-abc-cost/
  4. http://abctruth.com/what-is-the-abc-and-who-runs-it/

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