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Congratulations to the 2015 Build Your Future Scholarship Recipients

0 September 1, 2015  Careers in Construction, Construction Training, featured

Ten students pursuing craft professional training in the construction industry were awarded the first annual Build Your Future scholarships through ABC’s Trimmer Construction Education Foundation. The scholarships are given to the top 10 students attending an NCCER-accredited program or a state/federally approved apprenticeship program in a merit-shop training facility. The 2015 winners are: Dylan Bruening […]


Bipartisan Deal Announced to Improve Federal Workforce System

0 May 22, 2014  featured, Workforce Issues

Yesterday, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers announced they have reached a deal to improve the nation’s workforce development system through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The bill, which will now be considered by both the House and Senate, modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helps workers attain skills for 21st century […]


A Week of Workforce Development

0 March 3, 2014  Construction Training

Workforce development shouldn’t stop for those people who already are a part of the construction industry. That’s why Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is offering its week-long Workforce Development Conference, April 29-May 2 in Birmingham, Ala. This conference combines popular and forward-thinking educational sessions, an interactive exhibit hall, networking events, and the National Craft Championships […]


Congressman Seeks to Open Apprenticeships to Veterans

0 December 19, 2013  Construction Training, Uncategorized, Workforce Issues

On Oct. 30, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) introduced a bill into the U.S. House of Representatives that would make it easier for veterans to take advantage of apprenticeship programs. The Veterans Entry to Apprenticeship Act (3384) would amend Title 38 to allow veterans to use their educational benefits for enrollment in pre-apprenticeship programs. “As an Army veteran […]


K-5 and Middle School Students on Careers in Construction

0 October 25, 2013  Careers in Construction, The Skills Gap

During Build Your Future’s (BYF) Careers in Construction Month, BYF, CARBO Ceramics, Robins & Morton and the Jenkins County School System in Georgia joined forces to plan various construction-related activities throughout the month to engage students in elementary school, middle school and high school. Those activities included an art contest for students in kindergarten through 5th grade […]


Survey Shows Impact of Skilled Worker Shortage

0 October 18, 2013  Construction Training, featured, The Skills Gap

According to a survey of Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) members, 75 percent of respondents’ companies are experiencing a shortage of willing and qualified craft professionals. These results support the findings of the Construction Labor Market Analyzers’ 20/20 Foresight Report, which shows there will be a nationwide shortage of nearly 2 million skilled craft workers by 2017. […]


Video: Military to Construction

0 October 16, 2013  Careers in Construction, featured, On The Job

We are halfway through Careers in Construction month and Build Your Future and NCCER are continuing to schedule events and create excitement around craft training and career and technical education. Here one of their videos on why construction is a great career choice for former military, according to veterans:


In Honor of Careers in Construction Month

0 October 1, 2013  Careers in Construction, featured

Build Your Future (BYF) has declared October Careers in Construction Month and one great example of groups embracing that spirit is the partnership between BYF, CARBO Ceramics, Robins & Morton and the Jenkins County School System in Georgia. Together, these groups have planned various construction-related activities throughout the month to engage students in elementary school, middle […]


Educators, Government and Industry Agree: CTE Works

0 September 20, 2013  Construction Training, featured, The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

During a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing Sept, 20, four witnesses representing high schools, governments and industries that need CTE programs to keep up with workforce demands discussed the benefits of career and technical education (CTE) initiatives. The all were in agreement: CTE works and the key to making it continue to work is to […]