Columbia, S.C. - Yesterday, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas released a proclamation signed by Governor Henry McMaster designating October 2017 as "Careers in Construction" month! Earlier this year, ABC of the Carolinas reached out to the Governor's office working with the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) "Build Your Future" initiative. ABC of the Carolinas is a NCCER certified training center for apprenticeship and craft education.
"We strongly support the initiative to narrow the skills gap by placing America's youth and displaced workers into opportunities that lead to long-term and rewarding careers in construction", said ABC's director of government affairs, Chris Bullard. It's estimated that there are 4.6 million job openings in the construction industry nationwide, with approximately 60,000 of those in the Palmetto State. Shifting the public's negative perception about careers in construction is vital to the success of our industry. "ABC of the Carolinas apprenticeship and educational programs provide a unique opportunity for individuals to grow as a leader and as a craft professional", added Jeff Morris, director of apprenticeship.
ABC would like to sincerely thank Governor McMaster for recognizing October 2017 as "Careers in Construction" month, a chance to increase public awareness and appreciation for construction craft professionals. We look forward to working with the Governor, his administration, and other agency officials to better support our state's workforce development and educational needs.
To learn more about ABC's apprenticeship and workforce development programs, click here!
To learn more about NCCER's "Build Your Future" initiative, click here!
To read Governor McMaster's proclamation, click here!