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Testing Times: Training and Certification

Most employers understand the importance of keeping their workforce prepared as construction work resumes around the world – after all, contractors don’t want to be stuck between a rock and a hard place when facing a shortage of certified employees or having to scramble to get employees trained and certified.

Despite the initial shock of lockdowns around the world as a result of the global pandemic, the training sector proved resilient; with providers noting many individuals continued to get certified, even without a guaranteed job, because they wanted to make themselves more employable.

OSHA training courses, including online OSHA training, saw a surge in demand from both furloughed and unemployed individuals, with both groups seizing the opportunities to add certifications to their resumes. “Certification remains a valuable tool to show employers that one has the knowledge and skills to perform jobs safely and efficiently,” says Thom Sicklesteel, CEO at the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). “Holding one or more CCO certifications sets those candidates above others competing for the same position.”

For those looking to get into construction (which is facing a massive labor shortage,) OSHA training courses, including OSHA 10 General Industry Training Course, OSHA 10 Construction Training Course, the OSHA 30 General Industry Training Course, OSHA 30 Construction Training Course and more, can put your resume at the top of the pile.

And for employers, it’s important to note that the economic impact of Covid-19 is no reason to neglect or suspend training.

“A lot of employers have had to make difficult assessments on budget cuts and training can suffer from this,” says Christina Lanham, managing director of crane, rigging, and load handling training provider Industrial Training International. “There can be training that is non-essential that can be delayed, but I would, however, encourage employers to really evaluate what their teams need to be successful to be able to perform their job competently and safely. Training does cost money, but a fatality or major incident is going to cost 20 to 30 times more. It’s important not to take shortcuts that could have a detrimental impact on your company.”

To make finding and booking necessary or additional training, Easybook Training is here to help. Easybook Training works with top safety training providers across the U.S, with venues in every state. See all the health and safety courses and dates here. If you can’t find the training course you need, call our friendly U.S based team at (480) 401-0737 and we’ll help you find it. Don’t waste time wading through massive search engines – click over to Easybook Training and experience how EASY we make it.

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