To meet the global need for skilled workers in the construction industry, NCCER, Alachua, Fla., has formed a partnership with Edexcel, London, England, to develop an international, industry-recognized credential for construction craft professionals. As part of its Global Workforce Development Initiative, NCCER has begun adapting its systems for international accreditation, instructor certification, training and assessment delivery and credentialing, with the goal of creating a sustainable workforce of credentialed craft professionals around the world.
According to a survey published in a recent report on workforce mobility by the World Economic Forum, the availability of qualified workers is the most important factor for multinational companies in selecting locations to expand their businesses. The report also found that critical skills gaps exist between what employees possess and what businesses need. Because of these gaps, businesses cannot find the skilled workers they need where they need them, and individuals may find themselves ill-equipped for the jobs of the future.
“The shortage of skilled craft professionals in the construction industry is not a domestic problem, but a global one,” said NCCER President Don Whyte. “The goal of our partnership with Edexcel is to create an international workforce of trained craft professionals with a credential that allows verification of qualifications by any employer, anywhere in the world.”
Edexcel, a Pearson company, is a global educational service provider offering internationally recognized qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers, training providers and other places of learning in 85 countries worldwide. Through the partnership, Edexcel will manage the accreditation and implementation of NCCER’s international programs.
“The agenda for a global, mobile workforce is a great thing to be a part of,” said Eoin Geraghty, head of Customised Solutions at Edexcel International. “Delivering NCCER curricula and qualifications in the international construction sector will provide a real benefit to the worldwide economy.”