National Center for Construction Education & Research
ALACHUA, Fla.— In an effort to recruit the next generation of craft professionals, NCCER’s Build Your Future (BYF) initiative is once again declaring October as “Careers in Construction Month.” Careers in Construction Month is an opportunity for industry and education to partner locally across the nation and host construction career events and programs. With the increasing demand for skilled professionals in the construction industry, now is the time to help individuals build successful careers in construction.
BYF provides a number of online resources to make it easy for organizations to participate in Careers in Construction Month, including a Careers in Construction planning guide, craft professional trading cards and a craft professional outlook map. These items, along with a best practices guide, craft profession posters, fliers and brochures, are all available at BYF.org. In addition, organizations that register their event on BYF’s website will be profiled as an official part of Careers in Construction Month for added publicity.
This year, BYF will debut a video series in October that features various lifestyles associated with construction careers. In preparation for Careers in Construction Month, a preview for the “What if?” video series will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The videos are designed to establish an emotional connection with the industry and highlight how a career in construction offers more than just a paycheck.
BYF also offers resources to help transitioning military members find careers in construction that fit their skills sets. The “Military to Construction: A Strong Fit” video features testimonials from former military members who have found success as construction professionals. Veterans can also download BYF’s Military Crosswalk, which is used to identify how Military Occupational Skill (MOS) codes align with NCCER’s industry-recognized, portable credentials.
One of the best ways to spread awareness about career opportunities in the construction industry is through individuals speaking out. Educators, employers and industry associations are encouraged to write to their legislators and governors to support official state proclamations recognizing October as Careers in Construction Month. A sample proclamation and guidelines that explain the process to follow in each state are available on the BYF website.