For several years, construction companies of all sizes have been faced with a pronounced shortage of people looking to work in the building trade, including folks to operate heavy machinery. In many cases, job seekers are unaware of the salaries and benefits construction careers can provide them — if they possess the necessary skills.

Alabama Associated General Contractors, Alabama AGC, is helping pave the way for the construction industry's future. In 2019, Alabama AGC held a significant role in launching the Hoover city school system's Skills Trade Academy at the Riverchase Career Connection Center (RC3), a program designed to advance youth education and fill worker shortages in the construction industry.

Imagine the responsibility of operating a 300 ft. boom crane in North America's most densely populated setting and you'll understand why a New York City (NYC) crane license is arguably the most difficult of its kind to obtain in the United States. Even under ideal and open conditions, the operation of construction equipment has its risks.

On June 18, 2020, Sennebogen held a live demo day of its 718 tree handlers at the company's Stanley, N.C., headquarters. Greg Roberts, Sennebogen tree care manager, said that his initial focus will be on building awareness of the Sennebogen brand and familiarity with the 718 and 738 tree handlers within the industry.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has put many of the nation's activities and events on hold, The AED Foundation (AEDF) perseveres as it continues to meet its Vision 2024 goals. Through the pandemic, AEDF has adapted to continue to fit the needs of students and schools across the country to help students graduate from AEDF's recognized high school programs.

ALLU and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) — a trade union that represents heavy equipment operators, mechanics, surveyors and stationary engineers in the United States and Canada — announced a new cooperation and partnership in pipeline training.

The AED Foundation (AEDF) has developed a plan to stimulate growth in the industry and address the technician shortage, titled Vision 2024. Goals of this plan include: 100 Accredited College Programs 50 Recognized High School Programs 10,000 Skilled Technicians Entering the Workforce 500 Certified Managers 10,000 Tests Administered 5,000 Certified Technicians Vision 2024 is a call to action for high school students and established industry technicians alike to develop skills through AEDF recognized programs and certifications.

Thanks to a Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Heavy Highway Construction, lives are changing. It's no secret that constructing highways and bridges (aka heavy highway construction) is an exciting field with higher than average job growth. The demand for a wide variety of road construction craft professions means companies are constantly looking for workers.

Employing skilled labor is a process: Identifying potential workers, recruiting them and training them. The industry has dedicated resources to attracting junior-high and high-school students for careers in construction. But there are whole groups of adult workers whose career fields have changed or jobs have disappeared.

The crane, rigging, and specialized transportation industry relies on people with technical skills, but faces a shortage of qualified workers. In order to promote the career opportunities in this fast-paced, high-tech sector, Lift & Move USA connects students and educators with the people, equipment and companies that work in crane, rigging and specialized transportation operations.

A national association has developed the transportation construction industry's most comprehensive safety training course to help dramatically reduce the 700 motorist fatalities and nearly 50,000 injuries that occur annually in and around the nation's infrastructure improvement project sites.