By Stacy Gunderson, Training Coordinator at Marek Brothers Systems As Careers in Construction Month kicks off, educators and contractors may be wondering how to engage students of all ages. Fear not, there are resources out there to help you bring industry awareness right into the classroom. As a contractor, it is important that we promote careers in construction as early as possible to make students aware of these opportunities before they choose another career path. Build Your Future (BYF) offers several free resources at to promote construction careers to young people in our communities. Resources such as posters, brochures, a planning guide and even a best practices guide are all convenient items that we can use when we visit classrooms. The craft professions posters are great because they allow students to research various crafts and see the wages for each particular field. We all know how much students love to watch videos in school, and BYF has plenty of them. One really great video is “Rethink Careers in Construction: For Students,” which showcases how several young craft professionals are excelling in their particular fields. The new “What If?” series is unique because it makes an emotional connection with the industry by highlighting various lifestyles associated with construction careers. I recommend asking students what interests them most about different crafts. Based on their answers, reach out to professionals in those particular crafts, and encourage them to visit the classroom and discuss what they do. They can even perform demonstrations or hands on activities. Creating these partnerships is one of the best ways to keep students informed about the opportunities that are out there when it comes time for them to embark on their new careers. Now that you have a jump start on how to keep students engaged during Careers in Construction Month, get out there and take advantage of it! Spread the word that a career in construction is something to be proud of. Let them build their future.

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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.