2017 Careers in Construction Month


WHEREAS, Careers in Construction Month is an annual celebration designed to increase public awareness and appreciation of construction craft professionals, and the entire construction workforce; and

WHEREAS, employers, associations, and schools are encouraged to conduct job fairs, panel discussions, and local community events to inform students of the vast employment opportunities in construction; and

WHEREAS, the construction industry is one of our nation’s largest industries, employing more than six and a half million individuals in the United States and more than 190,000 individuals in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, by 2019, it is estimated that the construction industry will need 1.5 million new craft professionals; and

WHEREAS, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), a non-profit organization, was created by industry professionals to standardize training and enhance the image of the construction industry by promoting the hard work and dedication of our nation’s craft professionals; and

WHEREAS, the mission of NCCER’s “Build Your Future” initiative is to narrow the skills gap by guiding America’s youth and displaced workers into opportunities that lead to long-term rewarding careers in construction; and

WHEREAS, Careers in Construction Month is a wonderful opportunity to recognize dedicated construction professionals and the critical role they play in the development of the Commonwealth of Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2017 as CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.