SCHAUMBURG, ILL. — The U.S.-based Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation (AEDF) has released details of its plan to stimulate growth in the construction equipment industry and address the technician shortage.
Titled Vision 2024, the plan aims to develop 100 accredited college programs, 50 recognized high school programs, 10,000 skilled technicians entering the workforce, 500 certified managers, 10,000 administered tests and 5,000 certified technicians.
The AEDF is an international trade association based in Schaumburg, Ill., representing 800 construction equipment distributors, manufacturers and industry-service firms.
Vision 2024 is described as an action plan for high school students and established industry technicians to develop skills through AEDF recognized programs and certifications.
“With an increase in highly skilled employees entering the industry, equipment dealerships will be able to hire top applicants that require less training and add profitability and customer satisfaction to dealerships,” noted a June 11 statement.
It was also announced that a $300,000 grant from the Caterpillar Foundation will support Vision 2024’s development, providing scholarships for students attending AEDF-recognized high schools who are moving on to an AEDF-accredited college.
“Vision 2024 is the AED Foundation’s commitment to solving the skills gap issue. We’re excited about the increased resources that we are receiving from our business partners to accelerate this goal,” stated Jason Blake, executive vice-president of the AEDF Foundation.