NCCER is excited to announce the expansion of its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative by launching CareerStarter. This new national program leads individuals beyond career exploration to direct connections with local training programs and entry-level jobs. This will get them started on a construction career pathway that fits their interests.
NCCER worked with Futures, Inc. to bring their Pipeline™ technology platform to the construction industry. By utilizing their experience in building talent pipelines for the U.S. military and state-wide organizations, CareerStarter is the first comprehensive program specifically designed to take individuals from curiosity to career in the industry.
Many of those considering a career in construction are unsure of where to start. BYF’s CareerStarter provides the solution and guides them through the entire process from understanding their options, to finding training and ultimately obtaining their first job in the industry.
“Individuals know how to get into college and where to go to apply for jobs online, but they don’t know how to get into construction, where to get the necessary training and how to get their first job in the industry,” said Jennifer Wilkerson, NCCER Vice President of Innovation and Advancement. “We are proud to provide a program that guides and supports individuals through each step of the process while also helping to build our industry and ultimately our country.”
This program is completely free of charge to individuals, schools, training programs and employers thanks to the generosity and commitment to the construction industry by forward-thinking companies like Stanley Black & Decker, a trusted distributor of high-quality industry tools; Procore Technologies, a leading global provider of construction management software; and the Bechtel Group Foundation, which aims to promote STEM education and use engineering and construction skills to improve quality of life worldwide.
CareerStarter has launched in Texas and North Carolina and will be available nationwide in the coming months. To check out the platform, visit https://careerstarter.byf.org.To keep up with which states are next, sign up at www.byf.org/signup.
About NCCER — NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum and assessments with portable credentials and certifications for skilled craft professionals. NCCER provides a comprehensive workforce development system that includes accreditation, training, assessment, certification and career development solutions for the construction and maintenance industries. For more information, visit www.nccer.org or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720.
About Build Your Future – Build Your Future (BYF) is NCCER’s national image enhancement and recruitment initiative for the construction industry. Its mission is to recruit the next generation of craft professionals by making career and technical education a priority in secondary schools, shifting negative public perception about careers in the construction industry and providing a path from ambition, to training, to job placement as a craft professional. BYF provides a number of resources to assist industry, education and military organizations in achieving these goals. For more information, visit byf.org.
About Futures Inc.- Originating as a not-for-profit in 2001 from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, FUTURES Inc is a privately-owned company specializing in talent and workforce optimization. Their award-winning cloud-based platform called Pipeline™ effectively connects workforce ecosystems aligning talent and skills with career pathways and industries. FUTURES Inc. clients include the U.S. military, states, higher education, not for profits and Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit futuresinc.com