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Accredited Spanish Training Available

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, two out of every three construction jobs generated in 2006 were filled by Hispanic workers. The Hispanic population is the fastest growing ethnicity in the US. To solve the construction industry's need for Spanish-language training resources, NCCER has developed both short- and long-term strategies for Hispanic workforce development. These strategies include curricula and assessment translation and instructional language courses ( 
"Hispanic workers are an essential part of our workforce today,- said Tania Domenech, NCCER project manager. "We all look forward to continue addressing the needs of the industry by paving the way to better education, cultural integration, and awareness.-
NCCER is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) education foundation based out of Gainesville, Florida, created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum with portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage.  
•A Hispanic worker may have knowledge and skills from on-the-job training, but not speak fluent English. Spanish-language adaptations of our assessments provide a method of measuring technical expertise, regardless of language,- noted Domenech.
The following Spanish curricula are available: Carpentry Level One and Two; Core Curriculum: Introductory Craft Skills; Field Safety; Rigging Fundamentals; Safety Orientation; Scaffolding; Sprinkler Fitting Level One; Concrete Finishing; Drywall Level One; Electrical Level One; Insulating; Masonry Level One; Pipefitting Level One; and Reinforcing Iron and Rebar. Assessments are available for select subjects, and must be taken at an accredited center.
Each subject offers applicable technical hints and provides real-life scenarios similar to those met on the job. The manuals also feature Spanish to English glossaries to encourage bilingual education. NCCER worked with Spanish-speaking subject matter experts, representing leading contractors across the country, to introduce relevant industry material into each book.
Students successfully completing curricula through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor will earn industry-recognized credentials from the NCCER National Registry.

By Michelle Simmons
Get Heavy Equipment Operator Jobs, Contributing Editor

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