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    Global Construction Credential to Address Skilled Workforce Shortage

    For Immediate Release
    5.31.12

    Alachua, Fla. —The availability of qualified workers, according to a survey published in a recent report on workforce mobility by the World Economic Forum, was the most important factor for multinational companies in selecting locations to expand their businesses. The report also found that critical skills gaps exist between what employees possess and what businesses need. Because of these gaps, businesses cannot find the skilled workers they need where they need them, and individuals may find themselves ill-equipped for the jobs of the future.

    To meet this global need for skilled workers in the construction industry, NCCER is proud to announce its partnership with Edexcel to develop an international, industry-recognized credential for construction craft professionals. As part of its Global Workforce Development Initiative, NCCER has begun adapting its systems for international accreditation, instructor certification, training and assessment delivery and credentialing.

    “The shortage of skilled craft professionals in the construction industry is not a domestic problem, but a global one,” said NCCER President Don Whyte. “The goal of our partnership with Edexcel is to create an international workforce of trained craft professionals with a credential that allows verification of qualifications by any employer, anywhere in the world.”

    Edexcel, a Pearson company, is a leading global educational service provider offering internationally recognized qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers, training providers and other places of learning in 85 countries worldwide. Through the partnership, Edexcel will manage the accreditation and implementation of NCCER’s international programs. Ultimately, the goal is to create a sustainable workforce of credentialed craft professionals around the world.

    “The agenda for a global, mobile workforce is a great thing to be a part of,” said Eoin Geraghty, Head of Customised Solutions at Edexcel International. “Delivering NCCER curricula and qualifications in the international construction sector will provide a real benefit to the worldwide economy.”

     


    About NCCER — NCCER is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum with portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage. NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification, and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional. For more information, visit www.nccer.org or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720.

    About Edexcel — Edexcel is a leading global educational service provider with a network of delivery centers for its internationally-recognized BTEC suite of vocational qualifications. BTEC qualifications are specifically designed to meet the training and skills needs of the workplace and to provide opportunities for ongoing learning and career development. Through its BTEC programs, Edexcel leads the world in providing vocational qualifications in over 15 industry sectors. To find out more visit www.edexcel.com/international

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