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Taking Action to Improve Ironworker Craft Training and Apprenticeships

The construction industry has been bemoaning craft labor shortages for years. It has been reported that as many as 2 million craft positions are unfilled because qualified workers aren’t available to do the job.

Implementing Today’s Training Principles for Student Success

As a CTE instructor for more than 35 years, I have experienced a myriad of systemic change within education

12 Steps to Creating a Successful Industry and Education Partnership

Over the past few years, the DuPont manufacturing site in New Johnsonville, Tennessee, has struggled to find qualified applicants to fill vacant mechanical and instrument and electrical technician positions.

Building Long-Term Construction Careers

Reflecting on Careers in Construction last month, I’m reminded of a longtime Fluor employee who just celebrated his 50-year anniversary with the company. Imagine what he’s seen in his rich career – the advancements made as a society, as a country and as an industry have been nothing short of amazing.

Making the Transition: How My Military Experience Led to a Career in Construction

When I joined the Navy Seabees, otherwise known as the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion, I was a 19-year-old college dropout who knew very little about them.

Top 11 Reasons Why Contractors Should Hire Veterans

Each year, between 240,000 and 360,000 service members separate from the military.

Racing for Success with Career and Technical Education

My love for racing started at a very young age. My dad was a mechanic for a race team, and he would take me to the race track every Saturday night while he worked.

Flexible Training Through Distance Learning

Distance learning for craft training programs continues to gain popularity because it can be implemented around work schedules

Developing a Global Construction Skills-Based Curriculum: Is it Possible?

The lack of linkage between what is taught in schools and what is needed on the job front is one of the main drivers for the skilled global workforce shortage.

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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.


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