By Debbie Dickinson, CEO of Crane Industry Services At a time when construction starts are growing in Georgia and the labor supply is failing to meet to demand, we need more support for workforce development needs, including expanded technical training programs. This is why we here at Crane Industry Services, LLC (CIS) have partnered with West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) to provide a series of skills development training courses that are essential to the state’s construction, utilities, power generation, manufacturing, mining and refining industries. As a result of this partnership, we helped establish the Centered on Safety Training Center™ on the WGTC Murphy Campus in Waco, Georgia. To recognize the new center and our partnership with the college, a program showcase, ribbon cutting ceremony and open house were held on Dec. 2, 2015. The events took place at the center and showcased hands-on, job specific training for the crane and rigging industry. Approximately 40 people attended, including Georgia State Senator Mike Dugan (R) who stressed the importance of craft training. “Our entire state is experiencing shortages of skilled laborers,” said Sen. Dugan. “Many were lost to other forms of employment during the Great Recession, but there is also a generation that has lived through a heavy emphasis on attending traditional four-year universities rather than learning a trade. In Georgia, we are working hard to reverse the trend.” Those thoughts were echoed by WGTC President Steve Daniel, who welcomed Crane Industry Services. “It takes employers, educators and private business working together in order to provide the expertise and types of technical training that the industry seeks,” said Daniel. [caption id="attachment_5987" align="alignright" width="300"] WGTC President Steve G. Daniel and Crane Industry Services CEO Debbie Dickinson sign a cooperative agreement to offer industry training on the college’s Thomas B. Murphy Campus in Waco, Georgia. Also in attendance were representatives from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Haralson County Chamber of Commerce, Crane Industry Services and West Georgia Technical College.[/caption] After years of watching industries grapple with compliance issues, we hope to shift these priorities. Test prep courses have minimal value when training is not relevant to the knowledge and skill employees need for day-to-day work. An over-emphasis on compliance can be a tragic mistake. Skills and safety development are a means for achieving organizational excellence, productivity and efficiency. Maintaining compliance is part of the process, not the ultimate goal. This is why I firmly believe the following to be true:
  • Employers care about the safety of their workers, as well as profits.
  • Employees appreciate being equipped and able to excel at their jobs.
  • Experienced workers can and will learn new methods when the value is real and relevant.
  • Young people are willing to work to be independent. With the right instruction, they are the future of innovation among craft professionals.
Training and testing are not one size fits all, which is why we employ NCCER certified master trainers, instructors and examiners who deliver validated and accredited training and certifications. Our partnership with WGTC opens opportunities for employers to provide hands on, job specific training for personnel and for students to enter the exciting and world-wide industry of crane and rigging. We bring accredited programs and certified instructors with on-the-job experience for the purpose of developing skilled craft professionals, which America desperately needs right now to compete in the global economy.

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NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.