Alachua, Fla. — For the fourth consecutive year, NCCER is sponsoring the SkillsUSA Carpentry Competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. on June 24 – 28, 2013. For the first time this year, NCCER will also sponsor the SkillsUSA Masonry Competition. These competitions showcase the construction industry and demonstrate the rewarding career paths and opportunities available in today's high school and technical college programs.

The contests are planned by technical committees made up of industry representatives and are designed to test the skills needed for successful entry‑level performance in given occupational fields. Due to their tremendous importance, safety practices and procedures are also judged as a component of each contestant’s overall score.

As the event sponsor, NCCER creates the competition guidelines, brings together industry members to serve as judges and technical committee members and gathers contributions for contest supplies. NCCER would like to thank carpentry committee chair Boyd Worsham of The Haskell Company and masonry committee chair Bryan Light of The Brick Industry for leading the way in organizing this year’s events.

Through events like these, NCCER and the Build Your Future (BYF) initiative provide valuable opportunities for construction industry employers to connect with a pipeline of young, emerging craft professionals. BYF provides a variety of resources to help young people find the right careers in construction, and oversees Careers in Construction Month during October to encourage industry and education to partner and host construction career events throughout the country.