June 21, 2022
 | Educators

How to Incorporate BYF Resources into Your Classroom

One of Build Your Future’s goals is to equip instructors and educators with the knowledge and resources to help guide their students to pursue a career in construction.

You may have seen some of our free downloadables, blogs and other materials, but what is the best way to incorporate all of these resources into your semester of teaching? Check out this guide to bring BYF into your classroom.

Use the Construction Careers Lesson Plan

Build Your Future has developed a free downloadable lesson plan and resources for instructors in middle and high school classrooms.

This lesson plan includes discussion questions, an “Intro to Construction Careers” video with activity questions, a Kahoot! quiz and additional career exploration resources. This easy-to-follow lesson plan is a great way to introduce students to opportunities in the construction industry


Career Exploration on the BYF Website

In addition to the ones shared in the lesson plan, there are many additional free and interactive career exploration resources on the Build Your Future website.

Some of the resources include:

Build your own assignments around the information presented on the website, or have the students do some independent browsing and discovery.


Decorate Your Classroom

Does your classroom or workshop need a fresh look?

BYF has many different posters, flyers and other decorative pieces just for instructors like you to use in your classroom. In addition to adding some pop, color and visual intrigue to the learning space, these decorations also highlight careers in construction and can encourage your students to consider the trades.

Purchase our posters from our Shop, or download and print them  from our Downloads page.


Share Scholarship Opportunities with Students

Like other educational pathways, there are scholarship opportunities and financial aid for postsecondary craft training. These opportunities are valuable for high school seniors and others preparing to continue their construction education.

The BYF Scholarships page highlights several scholarship opportunities throughout the year. Use this page to help your students apply for great scholarships.


Celebrate Careers in Construction Month

Did you know October is Careers in Construction Month?

This special time of year is a great opportunity to showcase careers in the skilled construction trades to your students. It’s also the perfect opportunity to network within your community and build beneficial relationships with local companies and construction industry representatives.

There are lots of ways to participate in Careers in Construction Month. You can bring craft professionals into your classroom as guest speakers to talk about their experience. Arrange for a field trip to take your students to a real construction project site. And of course, make sure to join in on the discussion on social media by using the hashtag #CICM.


Help Students Enter the I BUILT THIS! Contest

I BUILT THIS! is Build Your Future’s annual construction video contest. This is a great chance for students and their training programs to showcase their skills and show off what they’ve built.

Winners of the video contest win great prizes, including tools, swag and more. The winning entrant’s program also wins some outstanding prizes.

Click here for the latest updates about the I BUILT THIS! contest.


Connect with CareerStarter

CareerStarter, powered by Build Your Future, is a powerful new FREE career tool for the construction industry to use.

CareerStarter is designed to help young adults and new entrants into the construction industry find the best education and employment match for them. Encourage your students to sign up and use the system to help them get their career started the best way possible!

Note: CareerStarter is currently available in North Carolina and Texas with plans to expand soon. If you are outside of these states, you can sign up for program updates here to be notified of future expansion.


By integrating Build Your Future’s construction career exploration resources, materials and events into your classroom, you can help guide students to an incredible opportunity while saving yourself time and money.