Florida is about to embark on one of the most ambitious construction programs in the country with the demand for construction workers and heavy equipment operators set to at least double by the end of summer, perhaps even triple. In fact, the only thing that will prevent Florida from achieving its construction targets will be the lack of suitably qualified labor.
Almost $13.5 billion dollars has been allocated to Florida as part of the economic recovery program with Florida setting aside a massive $2 billion for transport alone. This includes almost $100 million for airport work, $135 million for general transit work and $1.35 billion on roads and bridges.
That’s not the end of the allocations either. Florida is still considering projects involving rail extensions and seaport upgrades. This will lift the total transport expenditure to well over the $2 billion mark – one of the most ambitious programs in country given the timelines set down by the federal government.
The biggest problem, as I mentioned in my opening paragraph, is the lack of suitably qualified people to the fill the job vacancies that will arise. Considering every other state has construction programs taking place at the same time, labor requirements will need to be sourced locally, not from interstate. The only way to achieve this is through a strong training and recruitment program.
ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Schools have a training facility located in Lecanto a little north of Tampa. Our training facility is geared towards training individuals in a broad range of heavy equipment including motor graders, bulldozers, front end loaders and excavators to name just a few.
Florida will be looking for qualified heavy equipment operators in the near future – and we are talking about a lot of operators here – so undertaking your training in preparation for this demand will enable you to participate in the nations largest infrastructure program in history. For heavy equipment training in Florida, make us your first stop.