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Leadership and Craft Training Experts Launch Workforce Development Program

April 13, 2021 - Okos Partners LLC (Okos) and Crane Industry Services LLC (CIS) have launched TradeUp, a partnership program to provide workforce development services for employers seeking skilled craft professionals.

“Traditionally, it takes four years, eight organizations, and a network of industry, education, community, and training organizations to get one person career ready,” said Peter Krammer, senior partner of Okos. “That process can be daunting for prospective employees and employers.”

TradeUp’s fresh approach to the skill-gap problem helps employers to plan, create, and implement a solution that connects education and community funding sources directly with employers to help people move into skilled trades and management careers.

Employers who participate in the TradeUp program first receive an assessment of their skilled labor requirements to see how the need aligns with growth goals and company culture.

TradeUp then assists with recruiting and placement, career development, and safety culture and leadership training for employers in the construction, utilities, manufacturing, and ports and terminal logistics industries.

“While the need is the same, the solution must often be customized to the individual company, specific project, or part of the country,” said Debbie Dickinson, CEO of CIS.

TradeUp meets customers at their point of need. One company may need 50 crane operators. Another may need 100 line workers with rigging, heavy equipment, and emergency response abilities. TradeUp is designed to address current requirements, as well as the continued search for craft workers needed in the future.

If needed, a talent recruitment campaign is implemented, supported by training and development. Once the program is established, TradeUp also provides ongoing program management to assist employers for long-term compliance, skill building, and credentialing of its workforce.

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