Volvo Construction Equipment and its dealer Alta Equipment Co. are supporting the J-Tech Institute in Jacksonville, Fla., with training material and sponsorships.
For Volvo CE, it’s part of a multi-pronged initiative to address the skilled labor shortage that includes the construction of a new training center at its North American headquarters in Pennsylvania and the opening of a Bay Area training center as a hub for electric vehicle training.
“We’ve made it a priority to support technician and operator training in order to help our customers improve their uptime and help the industry add the skilled labor that’s critical to everyone’s success,” said Stephen Roy, president of Region North America, Volvo CE. “We’re doing that with the development of our own training facilities and also through partnerships with our dealers and trade schools like J-Tech Institute.”
Volvo CE and Alta sponsor a new hydraulic training lab at J-Tech and have made training materials available to the school. Volvo CE has also provided hydraulic components for use as training aids.
Alta has hired eight J-Tech graduates, sponsored school sign-up days with potential students and their parents, participated in career fairs and made presentations to students. “J-Tech gave me the knowledge and skills needed to be successful and thrive while working on Volvo equipment at Alta,” said Tiffany Roberts, a recent graduate.