Workforce Development

DEALERS BUILD WORKFORCE OF TOMORROW
Recruiting talent for equipment dealerships can seem like navigating the perfect storm these days. Unemployment claims are at a 49-year low. The unemployment rate fell below 4 percent in recent months, its lowest since 2000. August continued a trend from the past several months of more than 200k new jobs created. Despite job growth wages are not keeping pace with inflation. Statistics show participation in the labor force is unstable with a steady decline since the economic fallout of 2008. Labor force participation has hovered around 62 percent for the past two years. Read more >>

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STUDENT RESOURCES
Click on the Equipment Dealers Association Student Resource Database to identify resources in your area for students interested in pursuing or furthering a career as an equipment technician in the United States or Canada. If you have questions, suggestions or need assistance using this database please contact info@equipmentdealer.org or 636-349-5000. To SUGGEST A RESOURCE for consideration in the database please email EDA at info@equipmentdealer.org

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Succession Planning: Challenges and Resources

Jason Orton, of Orton's Equipment in Stratford, Calif., examines succession planning among family-owned equipment businesses to better understand the future of this industry segment.

Western Center for Agricultural Equipment

The teaching program at the University of California at Davis sees roughly 300 students in eight regularly scheduled courses. More than two dozen analysts comprise research programs. The outreach component has about 500 people attending various programs and events.

The Joe A. Heidrick Western Center for Agricultural Equipment is a teaching, research, and outreach facility of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Equipment. Located just west of Highway 113 adjacent to West Village, the center is aspite to be a zero net-energy community. The 18,000-square-foot building includes the Paulsen Lecture Room with kitchen, the Olsen General Teaching Lab, the New Holland Project Demonstration Lab, the Far West Equipment Dealers Training Wing, and the Mehlschau Design and Development lab.

Western Center for Agricultural Equipment
154 Hills Drive
University of California at Davis
Davis, CA 95616
530-752-1898 / 530-848-6446

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