The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), KHL Group and the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) are jointly organizing a new event to promote careers in the US crane, rigging and specialized transportation industries.
Lift & Move USA, to be held in Chicago, June 16 and 17, will provide high school students and young people studying at community and technical colleges with expert advice on careers and job opportunities working with crane rental companies, specialized transportation businesses and equipment manufacturers.
The event will comprise a two-day program, with sessions on types of jobs available, expected salaries, career progression, and opportunities for certification, as well as case studies showing the types of activities in which employers are engaged.
Lift & Move USA is the first event of its kind in the USA for this industry and has the support of long-time SC&RA member and major crane company in the Chicago area, Imperial Crane. An evening reception will be hosted at Imperial Crane located near the venue hotel, the Chicago Marriott Midway.
The event is being organised in cooperation with SkillsUSA, the national organization that helps students prepare for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. More than 300,000 students and teachers join SkillsUSA every year.
Details of the event can be found at the event website: www.liftandmoveUSA.com
Joel Dandrea, SC&RA executive vice president, said he was excited to be involved. “Our industry creates thousands of rewarding jobs every year - jobs that offer the potential for long-term careers,” said Dandrea. “Lift & Move USA will promote these opportunities to the next generation of employees, highlighting all sorts of jobs, from crane operators, truck drivers and CAD design engineers to mechanics, welders and sales staff.”
Graham Brent, NCCCO chief executive officer, noted the role that certification can play in addressing the industry’s skills shortage. “Professionally developed certification can play a key role in encouraging aspiring entrants to the workforce to view crane and rigging as a career,’ he said. “NCCCO is delighted to help promote all the many benefits that employment in this industry can offer.”
Bill Tierney, general manager of Imperial Crane concurred, stating: “With the critical shortage of skilled labor in our industry, we are pleased and proud to be part of such a worthwhile initiative.”
James King, KHL Group managing director, echoed Dandrea’s comments, “KHL is delighted to be involved in Lift & Move USA. Recruitment of young staff is crucial to the long-term success of businesses, and this event will provide the US crane, rigging and specialized transport industry with a fantastic shop window for potential employees.”