Workforce development is a pressing need for most contractors in North Carolina and South Carolina. Finding, developing and retaining a skilled workforce will continue to be a critical issue for construction firms. The GroundBreak Carolina’s staff has assembled the following list of resources geared towards workforce development.
Building America- There are limitless opportunities to build the American workforce through government-defined and industry workforce development programs. ABC and its 70 chapters are doing their part to train craft and management professionals using innovative and flexible learning models like just-in-time task training, competency-based progression, work-based learning and government registered apprenticeships to build a safe, skilled and productive workforce.
Build Your Career- In 2016 CAGC helped sponsor career day events in both NC & SC which hosted thousands of high school students who were exposed to a variety of construction craft professions, given an opportunity to experience hands on activities and were provided with information about the training needed to become a skilled crafts person. Build Your Career isa full time concentrated effort to provide education related to career opportunities in the Construction industry.
Build Your Future- Build Your Future is an NCCER initiative that is a collaborative grassroots approach to construction workforce forecasting and development that includes recruitment, training, placement, retention and image enhancement strategies.
GO BUILD– GO BUILD is a comprehensive workforce development initiative that seeks to enhance the image of the construction industry and inform young people, parents, and educators about opportunities in the skilled trades – because a 4-year degree isn’t the only way to make a living. Perceptions don’t change overnight, so Go Build deploys its message across a variety of mediums to inform and inspire the next generation of skilled workers.
mikeroweWORKS Foundation– The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that rewards people with a passion to get trained for skilled jobs that actually exist. As CEO of the Foundation, Mike Rowe spends a significant amount of time speaking about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people. Through its scholarship programs, including the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, the Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified individuals with a desire to learn a skill that is in demand. The Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education for trade schools across the country.
National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)- NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curriculum and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s Registry System that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. NCCER’s Registry System also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.
SkillsUSA– SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work. SkillsUSA serves more than 335,000 students and instructors annually. This includes 19,500 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 395,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.
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