Recognizing its support of the Securing Our Children’s Future bond referendum, the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools (NJCCVTS) honored the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council as the 2018 Statewide Business Partner of the Year.
“This year, the Building and Construction Trades Council played a major role in supporting the bond referendum, educating people about the importance of the ballot question authorizing a state investment in career and technical education, school security and drinking water infrastructure,” said Scott Moffitt, NJCCVTS president and superintendent of the Morris County Vocational School District.
“All of New Jersey’s building trades came together to support this important statewide initiative to enhance student safety and prepare more young people with skills, certifications and degrees needed to fill critical NJ jobs, including those in the construction sector,” Moffitt said.
The state Building and Construction Trades Council coordinates activity and provides resources to 15 affiliated trades unions in the construction industry. It represents 13 Local Building Trades Councils, more than 100 local unions and over 150,000 rank and file members.
The Council also works with county vocational-technical school students interested in careers in the trade unions through the Youth Transitions to Work (YTTW) program in several districts.
Each of the 21 county vocational-technical school districts recognizes a business partner of the year annually, and many past honorees have been union locals and trades councils.
“Many local trade unions support the programs in our schools on a regular basis, providing guidance to keep our curricula current, serving on our advisory boards, and volunteering as class lecturers and mentors for students,” Moffitt said.
“The NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools is very grateful for the building trades’ longtime support of our schools and students, and for their leadership in promoting the Securing Our Children’s Future bond referendum this year. We look forward to continued partnerships with the state Council and all of the trades and local unions,” he said.