On September 27th and 28th, The Equipment Dealers Foundation (EDF) and the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation (AEDF) co-hosted the First Annual Workforce Development Summit. The event was sponsored by John Deere, Husqvarna, Partnership and HBK.
The Summit was attended by equipment dealers from around the United States, manufacturers and other equipment industry representatives. The purpose of the Summit was to gather industry leaders and discuss ongoing efforts to address the shortage of skilled equipment technicians. Attendees discussed ongoing recruitment tactics as well as barriers to technician retention. Kim Rominger, President and CEO of EDA commented, “The shortage of equipment technicians is industry-wide and threatens the profitability of dealerships across ag, construction and outdoor power sectors. EDA teamed up with AED to gather the best of the best to exchange ideas and information about what is working and where our coordinated efforts and resources should be allocated.”
During the Summit, two exciting new initiatives were announced. EDF announced a new initiative to develop an international database whereby students interested in pursuing a career as an equipment technician could easily identify educational and funding opportunities in their state region. EDF has formed a working group to gather this information which will be hosted on EDA’s website. In addition, the AEDF has launched a new program to help dealerships assess the skill level of technician applicants. This exciting program is being offered to construction dealers to help them immediately “size up” applicants to determine whether their skill set coincides with the dealership’s needs. For more information about AEDF’s new program, click here.
Attendees managed to have some fun and support a good cause during the Summit. The EDF Bon Ami Banquet and Auction raised nearly $12,000.00 for EDF. These funds will be used towards the EDF’s efforts in disaster relief and workforce development.