ICC commits to American Workforce Pledge
Companies and associations nationwide continue to sign the “Pledge to America’s Workers” and have now committed to provide more than six million educational and training opportunities. Launched in late July, the pledge calls for stakeholders, companies and associations to sign on and commit to training opportunities, including pushes to train and upskill American workers. To date, more than 20 companies and associations have agreed to create training opportunities during the next five years.
The calls for training have been backed by funding. In August, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $100 million for training efforts. And a recent push for apprenticeship programming has seen the department add more than $1 million funding to promote apprenticeships for women in non-traditional roles.
Today, the International Code Council has committed to certifying 25,000 construction professionals as qualified to review and approve the installation of building components critical to ensuring building resilience and occupant safety, including structural, plumbing, mechanical and fire safety components. Code Council certifications enhance holders’ employment opportunities and frequently lead to internal promotions and salary increases.
“As the go-to resource for building safety professionals, the Code Council is proud to support this effort to expand training and career opportunities for American students and workers,” said International Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “As the building safety industry faces a growing demand for a skilled workforce, the Code Council stands committed to providing construction professionals with the tools and training they need to succeed.”