There are some new crane operators in the making after the MAX Academy and National Traineeship Program was launched in Port Augusta last week.
The local branch of Max Cranes is now offering Cert III and IV Mobile Crane Operations in a first for the state, taking on 15 new trainees who started their new academy program last week.
Lou Sapio, who helps manage the companies Strategy, Business and People area, said the program would help trainees in more than one area of life.
"What we set out to do as an organisation is to help you reach your full potential," he said.
"No other training providers exist in the state in this area.
"Being the largest crane company in South Australia Max has been doing this work already internally, so what we have been able to do here is formalise it so each individual gets a nationally recognised qualification.
"This is really important as it builds career paths through tertiary and VET, but also you need to hold at least a Certificate III qualification to get a home start loan.
"We are hindering our local kids by not giving them an opportunity to get this qualification, so this is the first roll out for the group, and it will be opened up to the rest of the business.
"We have got everything from school kids from Adelaide who drove up here themselves, but a lot of these kids are local."
Rogan McMahon was excited to be part of the first program.
"It was my first day today, looking forward to the future but so far so good," he said.
"The academy will help me grow further and just get more experience."
MAX Cranes Managing Director Mark Kuhn said the project aligned with his their goal of providing fulfilling career opportunities for the community, not just for the business.
"In developing our core value proposition for the business, we looked at the aspirations of two key groups - young men and women leaving school or a tertiary institution, and more mature workers looking to reskill and supporting a career change," he said.
"We imagined them wanting to do the best for themselves and their families by gaining skills for their future."