Build Your Future Florida Established to Expand the Qualified Construction Workforce

ALACHUA, Fla. — Recognizing the need to address the shortage of skilled craft professionals in Florida, the Construction Workforce Taskforce partnered with Build Your Future (BYF) to establish Build Your Future Florida. With a wide range of information to help people interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry, Build Your Future Florida aims to provide a collaboration between construction associations, employers and government to satisfy the increased demand in skilled construction workers by attracting interested applicants.

“The Construction Workforce Taskforce’s intent is to align resources in the state to provide more access to needed training programs, retain workers already in the industry and promote the career paths of craftspeople,” said Dr. Sullivan, Director of the Undergraduate Program for M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida. “Build Your Future Florida is a resource that plays a vital role in coordinating and connecting employers and prospective employees to fill the gap in the skilled construction workforce.”

Build Your Future Florida’s goal is to provide a platform for Florida residents to learn about a career in the construction industry, find necessary training centers, fill the knowledge gap, and both qualify for and gain employment in any chosen craft occupations. Thus, it strives to expand the qualified workforce in the construction industry within the state. Build Your Future Florida is a portal that allows anyone interested in construction-related crafts to find a successful path to becoming a craft professional. Find more information at Florida.byf.org.

Workforce shortages in Florida are historically cyclical and follow significant lulls in construction volume over time. As the demand for skilled craft professionals in the state of Florida is expected to increase over the next 10 years, the Construction Workforce Taskforce was established. Created via state funding and coordinated by the Rinker School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, the taskforce maintains strong partnership support from the leading organizations and associations of the construction industry in Florida.

While BYF resources are available for any organization, BYF partners have the ability to customize material with their own branding and information, which can contribute greatly to the success of their individual state campaigns. For more information on partnering with BYF, please visit byf.org.   

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About Build Your Future – Build Your Future (BYF) is a national image enhancement and recruitment initiative for the construction industry. Its mission is to recruit the next generation of craft professionals by making career and technical education a priority in secondary schools, shifting negative public perception about careers in the construction industry and providing a path from ambition, to training, to job placement as a craft professional. BYF provides a number of resources to assist industry, education and military organizations in achieving these goals. For more information, visit byf.org

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