It’s been an exciting year at NCCER. The research document “Restoring the Dignity of Work: Transforming the U.S. Workforce Development System into a World Leader” was released. The Testing System hit an all-time high of 900 tests processed. Boyd Worsham was announced as the NCCER President. The Construction Craft Salary Survey results were reported. And so much more!  In 2018, the Breaking Ground blog published 59 posts and hit a record of over 27,000 unique pageviews. What were the most popular posts this year? The ones that connected with you the most? From workforce shortages to recruiting the next generation, check out the top five posts in 2018:  1. Faith Technologies’ Apprenticeship Program Provides Opportunities for a Great Career It’s no secret that we are in an industry fighting for skilled labor. In this article, Faith Technologies shares the career opportunities they offer, and how it's possible to “Earn While You Learn” through an apprenticeship. Even more, they show how they invest in their company’s greatest asset — its people.   2. Workforce Shortages: The Commodity of Skills The topic of shortage of skilled craft professionals definitely resonated with readers this year. Workforce development is critical to the future of the construction industry. This post outlines ways to work together to make the changes necessary to keep up with demand and continue building America’s future.  3. Construction, CTE and Career Paths Preparing students for tomorrow's workforce and offering clear pathways to certifications and credentials are just a couple benefits that connect CTE directly to the construction industry. The industry NEEDS students learning crafts and choosing to join construction — an industry of high skill and demand. 4. What You Should Know About Recruiting Gen Z If you've been focused on recruiting the younger generation recently, you might have been targeting millennials, the group born between the late 1970s and the early 1990s. But it's time for millennials to move over because there's a new generation entering the workforce — Gen Z. What should you know about recruiting Gen Z? Check out these five tips. 5. A Little Determination Will Go Far Highlighting women in construction, we share Madison's story as an intern learning the industry. From learning in the field to seeing competition as just a little extra hustle, Madison explains why she chose construction. And, because it was such a close call between five and six, here’s a bonus: 6. Restoring the Dignity of Work Revitalizing our nation’s workforce development system is a step toward addressing the skilled shortage of construction craft professionals. This article is based on the advocacy document, a shortened version of the white paper, "Restoring the Dignity of Work: Transforming the U.S. Workforce Development System into a World Leader. Those are our most popular blogs of the 2018! One final thought before we finish the year … thank you, our readers, for reading, sharing, commenting and subscribing. I hope you enjoy the blog and join us in 2019 for exciting new topics!

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NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.