Many people have no idea what a concrete pump is and how it is used. Just as many people are unaware that concrete pump operators are one of the highest paid careers in the construction industry and that the industry is actively recruiting people who may be interested in a career as a concrete pump operator.
Back in October of 2016, the ACPA (American Concrete Pumping Association) implemented the new “Workforce Development Program” that is designed to help members recruit new labor to fill open positions. Representatives of the program as well as members are attending trade shows and job fairs to promote concrete pumping careers. The group is also using using social media as a way to garner more attention. Furthermore, the ACPA has improved their online ACPA Career Center (at ConcretePumpers.com.) to allow members to post job openings and job-seekers to post resumes. Based on the increase in the number of resumes that have been posted over the last year, the Workforce Development Program is working.
In addition ties have been established with several technical schools and programs in order to introduce students to the benefits of a concrete pumping career. One of the relationships forged is with the Heavy Construction Academy in Brentwood, New Hampshire, which runs a 6-week training program. The academy has students from around the country including many vets who are taking advantage of the G.I. bill to fund their training.
The Workforce Develment Program’s newly appointed coordinator is Chay Ibarra who will carry on the work started by one of the program’s developers and its first coordinator, Sidney Andrews. She is working closely with Andrews and the Board to define the program’s goals.
At The Conco Companies, we are continuously seeking experienced carpenters, cement masons, ironworkers, laborers and operating engineers. Please see our website for more details.
The Conco Companies are a leading supplier of concrete services for the Western U.S. We got our start in the Bay Area in 1959 by offering clients the best value on a wide range of concrete services and products. Since that time, we have taken a leading role as one of the top concrete contractors in the region. We have four regional offices serving California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Colorado.