Philanthropy & Partnerships
Careers in the construction industry transform lives
Craft professionals are in high demand. They earn competitive salaries, even if they’re new to their field. As they gain experience and develop their skills, they’re rewarded with a clear career path, complete with opportunities for advancement into leadership positions and higher pay.
The impact of craftwork extends far beyond the construction industry. Construction promotes business growth, market expansion and increased revenue. On a societal level, craftwork builds our infrastructure, preserves our history and strengthens our future by creating the buildings, roads and bridges that we rely on daily. Modern construction prioritizes sustainability by centering eco-friendly materials, waste reduction and energy-efficient designs to enable mindful societal growth and preserve our natural environment.
Industry-wide need for skilled craft professionals
Unfortunately, there are not enough people entering the trades to meet the demands of the construction industry.
Experts predict that as many as 1.9 million craft professionals will be needed by 2025. Workforce shortages in the construction industry are only growing as people retire faster than the industry can recruit, hire, and train new entrants. At the same time, government and industry are investing in infrastructure to rebuild roads and bridges, expand public transport and upgrade the power grid.
Recent Data* Reveals
|89%||of construction organizations struggle to fill craft jobs today|
|72%||of candidates do not meet industry requirements|
|61%||of organizations expect delays due to talent shortage|
|45%||of organizations state their local talent pipeline is poor|
|58%||is the average turnover rate for the construction industry|
|73%||of organizations agree that it will continue, or get harder, to find craft workers|
*Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC)
Click the link below to learn how NCCER’s commitment to construction education is changing lives.
“Our goal is to make skilled craft training more accessible to people of all backgrounds and from all parts of our country. By working together, we can make a difference in our industry and in the lives of people and their families.”
-Boyd Worsham, President & CEO, NCCER
NCCER is uniquely positioned to address the industry-wide need for craft professionals. At NCCER, we want more people to find meaningful careers in the construction field. We want to help people living at or below the poverty line to realize financial sustainability and we want construction to be viewed as a career of choice. As a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization, NCCER relies on donations to improve the lives of the individuals who build our world.
With your help, NCCER can create more craft careers for people from all backgrounds. Join us and together we can expand craft training, introduce more people to fulfilling careers in construction, and play a meaningful role by impacting the lives of individuals and families while also serving the construction industry.
Impact Spotlight: Rapid Recovery Construction Academy
Your support of NCCER changes lives. Take a look at the difference Lowe’s and Lowe’s Foundation made when partnering with NCCER to help rebuilding efforts in Fort Myers.
“The critical shortage of skilled trades workers nationally is well-documented, but when a natural disaster strikes a community, the crisis becomes acute. By partnering with NCCER, we were able to extend our support to the local community and expand our scope with the development of this tuition-free, hands-on training experience as part of Lowe’s ongoing disaster response efforts to support the Southwest Florida community after Hurricane Ian.”
“It’s truly a blessing to know that someone like me can come from where I come from and make it out. I just want to inspire people.”
“Training the next generation of craftspeople is one of the most important issues facing the construction industry, and this Core Toolbox has made that task much easier.”
Make an Impact
We are committed to fostering the potential of all craft professionals by building a safe, productive and sustainable workforce that creates opportunities for individual advancement and supports industry growth. Your personal or corporate investment can make a direct impact.
Contact Melissa Perkins, Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships, to learn more.