Alachua, Fla. — For the fifth consecutive year, NCCER is sponsoring the SkillsUSA Carpentry Competition at the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo. In addition, NCCER is sponsoring the SkillsUSA Masonry Competition for the second consecutive year.

The competitions are part of the SkillsUSA Championships, which is the national-level competition for public high school and college/postsecondary students enrolled in career and technical education programs. All SkillsUSA Championship contestants are state-level gold medalists. 

Planned by technical committees made up of industry representatives, the competitions 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 sponsor of the carpentry and masonry competitions, NCCER creates the competition guidelines, gathers contributions for contest supplies and brings together industry members to serve as judges and technical committee members. This year’s platinum sponsors for the carpentry competition are The Haskell Company, Associated Builders and Contractors, Fluor and The Industrial Company.

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 initiative provide valuable opportunities for construction industry employers to connect with a pipeline of young, emerging craft professionals.