Careers in Construction Month
October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020
With a projected 1 million craft professionals needed by 2023, the construction industry is facing both a shortage of skills and personnel. NCCER and its outreach initiative Build Your Future (BYF) created Careers in Construction Month to raise awareness about the lucrative career opportunities in construction and to recruit the next generation of craftspeople.
Contractors, schools, associations and other construction organizations can plan career days, field trips, speaking sessions, and other events and activities to showcase construction as a viable career path and an industry of choice. The industry can also get involved online by sharing myth-busting blogs and articles, professional success stories, eye-opening statistics and other content and by using the hashtag #CICM.
Coinciding with Careers in Construction Month is NCCER and BYF’s annual I BUILT THIS! video contest. Students and instructors in secondary and postsecondary craft programs can submit videos of their building projects for a chance to take home some incredible prizes.
As part of the movement, U.S. states and territories are asked to officially proclaim October as Careers in Construction Month. In 2019, 39 states and territories made official proclamations, and requests were filed in an additional 7 states. Click here to learn how to file a proclamation request in your state.