Career Program

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 United States military and statewide 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. 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 and Decker, a trusted distributor of high-quality industry tools, and Procore Technologies, a global provider of construction management software.

NCCER is a not-for-profit 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.

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.