NCCER and Build Your Future Expands CareerStarter Nationally

ALACHUA, Fla., Aug. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALACHUA, Fla. — The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), through its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative, is excited to announce the national expansion of its career exploration tool, CareerStarter. This new program provides direct connections between entry-level job seekers, local training programs and employers.  

When considering an opportunity in construction, many are unsure of where to begin. CareerStarter’s career exploration tools help bridge the gap between curiosity and a construction career. The advantage of CareerStarter comes through bringing together all members of the career path process into one place.  

There are great reasons for people in any role to join the CareerStarter platform:  

  • Students and Job Seekers can use the exploration resources to discover potential career paths, then find the right educational or work opportunities to help them take their next steps.  
  • Employers can find talent for their company by building a business profile, posting free and unlimited entry-level job listings, and using the automatic candidate matching feature. 
  • Educators can promote their training program while monitoring students’ activity on the tool and tracking the direct success stories of their program. 

“NCCER is proud to provide a program supporting job seekers, employers and educators as we work to increase the construction workforce,” said NCCER President and CEO Boyd Worsham. “It takes all of us working together to make a real impact in the industry, and CareerStarter will help us all foster connections and come together to fill the skills gap.”  

In the opening months of CareerStarter, the tool has already helped hundreds of future craft professionals take their first steps into the construction field. 

“It’s been difficult to find a source for students to connect with employers and learn how to market themselves,” said Phil Vice with Connect For Success NC. “The process was very simple – in fact, the teachers just provided the QR code, and the students took to it easily. The feedback I received was great!  Students were able to look for opportunities and see what they might need to accomplish their career goals.”  

This program is free of charge to individuals, schools, employers and training programs. This is thanks to the generosity and commitment to the construction industry by forward-thinking organizations like Bechtel Group Foundation, which aims to promote STEM education and use engineering and construction skills to improve the quality of life worldwide; Procore Technologies, a leading global provider of construction management software; and Stanley Black & Decker, a trusted distributor of high-quality industry tools.  

To check out the CareerStarter platform, visit

About NCCER — NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) 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. For more information, visit or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720. 

About Build Your Future — Build Your Future (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. For more information, visit



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