Breaking Ground:
The NCCER Blog

An Apprenticeship, a Career and a Trading Card

If you would have asked me in 1984 if I was going to go to school after I graduated, I would have said no way!

Creating a Sustainable Solution

While labor shortage predictions and skills gap statistics continue to flood our industry’s newsfeeds, what’s unclear is the sustainable solution.

Critical Mentorship & Tomorrow’s Challenge

The greatest challenge faced by the construction industry today is the challenge of tomorrow.

WiOPS: From the Ground Up

Our goal was for the mentoring of women in construction to aid in the development of future leaders.

A Call for More Mentoring in the Construction Industry

Advice from a veteran: ‘Eat lunch where you don’t belong’

A Summer Spent Soul-Searching

Maybe I will spend two years in an apprenticeship to become a welder. Maybe I will become an ironworker.

Internships Provide Invaluable Experience

Internships are a great way to gain valuable industry experience as you get your feet wet in a real-world setting.

What Are You Doing This Summer?

For the last 14 years, my summers have consisted of the same thing: gainful employment in the construction industry!

Ice Cream vs. Industry

As much as I wish cookie dough connoisseur was part of my daily job description, not all summer jobs prepare us for our future career path.

Serious About Safety: Scout's Honor

It’s clear that when young men learn how to put safety first they carry those lessons with them throughout their lives and into their careers.

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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.