map-2018-proclamations-10012018What began as a week celebration in 2005 expanded to a full month in 2013. For the last five years, NCCER and its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative have celebrated October as Careers in Construction Month (CICM), with more and more states proclaiming each year. In 2018, 28 states and Guam have officially proclaimed CICM with another 7 states filing their proclamations, making this the highest participation yet! Our goal is to fill in every state and U.S. territory on the map — if you live in one of the blank states or territories, proclaim today and let us know! Not sure where to start? Check out the Proclamation Guide and Whereas Statement on byf.org and send an email here when you’ve filed. This nationwide campaign is designed to increase public awareness and inspire the next generation of construction craft professionals. 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 to collaborate, a variety of resources have been created. Check out the following 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 connect based on shared interests and needs. 2. Take a look at BYF’s Careers in Construction Handbook 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. Limited on time to host an event? BYF also has activities to do in class and craft trading cards to explore, which introduce a variety of construction careers. 5. Make sure to register your event at byf.org for added promotion. Join the conversation on social media with #careersinconstructionmonth or #CICM and tag BYF in your posts! With shortages of skilled craft professionals increasing across the country, now is the time to promote and support construction careers in every state. Take the time to appreciate all the hard working, highly-skilled men and women who build America and motivate our youth to choose a successful, lucrative career in the industry. This post was originally shared October 6, 2016 here and has been updated with current information.

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  1. Sherry Minson | Nov 20, 2018

    in Richmond Va we just completed our first Student Construction Conference at the Redskins Training Camp. More than 600 local students participated in hands on activities from more than 30 construction based businesses. We are already planning for bext year! 

    Are there any grant opportunities out there for projects like these?

    Sherry Minson

    NARI Central Va

  2. Holly Welles | Oct 08, 2018
    This is a great program, thanks for the resource! I've been doing research on projects that work to bridge the skills gap, and this is such a unique way to promote the industry to more and more qualified workers :)

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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.