Founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of IDCON Christer Idhammar has visited with US Legislators to discuss the importance of skills training in the US workforce.
Visiting Washington DC from 22 March to 23 March, he met with the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) to lobby for workforce development.
The group met with office representatives of six senator’s offices. Idhammar stated: "Much of the discussions focused on better US community colleges and cooperation with industry, changing the attitudes that you must have a college degree to be successful, increasing the status of technical colleges, and making senators aware of the existing and future dramatic shortage of skilled crafts people in the reliability and maintenance professions."
SMRP promotes workforce development in the maintenance, reliability, and physical asset management profession and is an advocate for a renewed focus on training and skill development. This is the second year IDCON has participated in this important mission.
Idhammer added: "In our work with industry we are seeing the impact of an inadequately skilled workforce is having on reliability and maintenance."