August 4 - Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) affiliate, the SC&R Foundation, has expanded its grant programme for individuals wishing to further careers related to the crane, rigging and specialised transportation industry by USD25,000.

Throughout the remainder of 2014, the Foundation intends to award up to an additional USD25,000 in grants on a rolling basis, for those individuals wishing to further their career through continuing education courses or a vocational/technical programmes.

Going froward, grants will be reviewed six times per year. Applications are being accepted now for the next grants, which will be announced in September.

Unlike the previous policy, these grants are also open to the public rather than limited to employees or relative of SC&RA member companies. This strategic change is among a number of steps the Foundation is taking to help member companies fill the industry's labour shortage.

As always, recipients must use the grants to take a continuing education course or attend vocational/technical programmes and enrol in courses such as welding or diesel mechanics, which are vital to companies in the industry. Awards typically range from USD1,000 to USD5,000 each.

This year the Foundation awarded grants totalling USD5,000 to three employees of SC&RA member companies, which were announced at the association's annual conference at Boca Raton in April.

The Foundation also plans to continue awarding annual scholarships to students working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in preparation for careers related to crane, rigging and specialised transportation. The next round of scholarships will open in September.