cicmBy Amy King, Communications Manager for NCCER What started out as Careers in Construction Week back in 2005 has grown to encompass an entire month. For eight years, NCCER and its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative celebrated Careers in Construction Week in October to promote construction career opportunities. Starting in 2013, states began declaring the entire month of October as Careers in Construction Month, and this year, 22 states and the District of Columbia made it official. mapproc2016forweb768x796 Careers in Construction Month is a nationwide campaign designed to increase public awareness of the opportunities available as a craft professional. Throughout October, schools, contractors and organizations are encouraged to partner locally to host events or conduct activities that introduce students to rewarding construction careers. To make it easier for these groups team up, NCCER and BYF have created a variety of resources. Here's how to get started:
  1. Find an industry or education partner in your area to partner with using NCCER’s connection map. The map includes a collection of educators, contractors, SkillsUSA organizations and ACTE state directors who are all looking to collaborate based on shared interests and needs.
  2. Download BYF’s Field Manual to learn how to develop an event plan, come up with fun activities and promote the event.
  3. Download the How To: Plan a Career Day guide to view a sample budget, save-the-date, event flier, sponsorship form, exhibitor form, school registration form, parent/guardian consent form, volunteer form, career day survey and helpful hints.
  4. Don’t have time to host an event? BYF also has math, writing and art classroom activities for students to do.
  5. Lastly, organizations can register their events at BYF.org for added promotion.
With shortages of craft professionals across the country, now is the time to promote construction careers in each state. Recognizing October as Careers in Construction Month generates publicity for the construction industry and helps promote career opportunities to individuals who may have otherwise not considered construction as a career choice.

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About NCCER

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.