Meeting the demands of the construction industry

Meeting the demands of the construction industry

The construction industry is considered by many to be the key to a strong economy. Projections nationwide indicate the industry will be a growth area for the foreseeable future. That’s good news for the economy, for growth and for Northeast Florida. It also poses a problem – filling the positions created by growth.

NEFBA’s Apprenticeship Program is poised to supply training for qualified candidates in the carpentry, electrical, plumbing and heating and air-conditioning trades.

The four-year, earn-while-you-learn program gives qualified applicants an opportunity to learn a career, gain experience and earn an income.

The program has recently adopted NCCER standards for its electrical, plumbing and HVAC training. Carpentry has been using the nationally recognized materials and assessments for several years. NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996 as The National Center for Construction Education and Research to create a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry. This progressive program has evolved into curricula for more than 70 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States.

NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s registry 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 also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.

NCCER training establishes a workforce with documented, portable credentials. The same standards are applicable across state lines. It goes a long way in attracting and retaining a high-caliber workforce.

NCCER is affiliated with the M.E. Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida and is headquartered in Alachua, Fla.