EDISON, N.J., May 21, 2018 (Newswire.com) - A critical issue facing the American construction industry is the availability of skilled labor and the narrow pipeline of students opting into construction trades. That’s why the Carpenter Contractor Trust (CCT) is investing in local high school students.
In April, CCT underwrote four high school juniors and seniors to participate in the New York State SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Championships. The four were among thousands of teenagers at the three-day event in Syracuse, all there to show off their talents in trades “from carpentry to computers.” According to SkillsUSA New York, the competition focuses on skills that can put students into the workforce quickly. CCT worked with Kim Komorowski, a representative of NRCC Local 279, to coordinate the students’ attendance at the competition.
Young students that are just beginning to think about a career need exposure to a wide variety of choices. We were thrilled to support these students because we understand the growing shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry and felt this experience would be a worthwhile introduction to a carpentry career.
Christine D'Agostino, Vice President of Operations
The students sponsored by CCT were:
- Julian Byberi
- Antony J. Ferreira
- Fatima C. Campos
- Jonathan Garcia
“Young students that are just beginning to think about a career need exposure to a wide variety of choices,” said Christine D’Agostino, vice president of operations, CCT. “We were thrilled to support these students because we understand the growing shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry and felt this experience would be a worthwhile introduction to a carpentry career.”
Founded in 1965, SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership that serves more than 360,000-member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. SkillsUSA programs integrate 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. For more information, visit www.SkillsUSA.org.
About Carpenter Contractor Trust (CCT)
The Carpenter Contractor Trust promotes and markets the talent, productivity, assets and matchless expertise of union carpenters and contractors to the construction community and the public throughout the northeast region of the United States. For more information, visit www.cctnetwork.org.
Source: Carpenter Contractor Trust