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Diversity & Inclusion

ABC demonstrates its commitment to shaping an industry that is welcoming to all people—where employees and suppliers are limited only by their own potential—by hosting an annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit, recognizing member leadership through the National Diversity Excellence Awards and creating Diversity Resource Groups. DRGs bring people with common interests and characteristics together to help articulate, promote and support the needs of certain constituencies. Each group has a leader who is dedicated construction industry’s workforce, workplace and marketplace from the perspective of a single demographic faction, and participation is open to all members of ABC.

Construction Inclusion Week

By participating, you will send a strong message within your organization and throughout our industry, demonstrating that you are ready to create a future of improved possibilities. Like Safety Week, participating firms will have access to materials and resources to bring awareness to diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts for job sites, teams, and companies.

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Encouraging a united construction industry where diversity is celebrated and embraced, inclusion is fostered, and equity is apparent is the ultimate goal of Construction Inclusion Week:

  • • Champion inclusion empowering us to reach our full potential, fuel innovation, and enhance connections with our employees, clients, and the communities we serve.
  • • Harness and leverage the capabilities and global reach of the construction industry and its affiliates to cultivate and perpetuate a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We recognize and understand that each of our firms may be at different places in our diversity, equity, and inclusion journeys. The intent is that Construction Inclusion Week fosters conversations that create alignment and take us further on this journey for our people and industry partners. If we genuinely want to attract, retain, and develop the best talent for our industry and maximize the diversity of our suppliers, we must grow our industry’s culture to be truly inclusive.

CHAPTER TRAINING:
THE PLACE TO START

Tens of thousands of apprentices and craft students train in more than 20 construction crafts through a national ABC network of 69 chapter offices across the country.

FOR VETERANS AND ADULTS

  • •  NCCER offers credit to veterans for their military experience. The Hard Hat Heroes program converts military experience into an NCCER transcript that can be built upon to earn industry certification.
  • •  For employees of ABC Member Companies, an apprenticeship program is available allowing adults to earn while they learn and become proficient journeymen in their crafts at an accelerated rate.
  • •  For craftsmen working in construction, ABC Central Texas is an NCCER Accredited Assessment Center. We offer Knowledge Assessments to certify journeymen in their crafts. Study Hall is available to prepare for assessment.

Careers in Construction day

ABC Central Texas and it's contractor members are hosting a Careers in Construction day, scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2022 at HEB Center in Cedar Park. Students from area high schools are invited to attend to participate in hands-on activities designed to introduce them to the many careers available in construction.

Each person that enters the industry is on the path to earning a competitive salary, learning a new skill and building America. Click here to learn about different craft areas and how to start your career in construction.

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  Careers In Construction Flyer

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NCCER CURRICULUM

National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Curriculum, is competency-based, task-driven, modular craft training curricula based on today's construction industry practices. No matter your circumstances or your age, craft training provides a pathway to a lucrative career. Stop by ABC Central Texas. We can give you the information you need for NCCER Certification. Or you may call us at (512) 719-5263 for information

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FOR STUDENTS

High school students in Brazoria County have the opportunity to earn NCCER Credentials in local high school CTE Programs. From construction craft training to agricultural mechanics to instrumentation and process technology, there are many career clusters and pathways students can choose that will result in lucrative careers in our local area. Students are able to earn while they learn, and not accumulate excessive student loan debt. Additionally, ABC Texas Gulf Coast awards scholarships each year for students studying construction at Brazosport College.

OFFICE ADDRESS
2600 Longhorn Blvd., Ste. 105
Austin, Texas 78758
(512) 719-5263

OFFICE HOURS:
Mon - Thur 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday 10 AM - 2 PM

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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 Chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.