Training program

DelDOT and Amtrak Partner in “Railroading 101” Training Program

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) will partner with Amtrak to offer a new “Railroading 101” program, which is funded by an $11 million grant from the United States Department of Labor.

“This grant is an example of the Department of Labor’s commitment to empowering workers and job seekers,” said Stephen Gardner, CEO of Amtrak. “Amtrak will use these resources as we work with our Delaware partners to better equip workers for rail careers and grow our service.

Delaware Transportation Secretary Nicole Majeski added, “DelDOT and Amtrak continue to work collaboratively on projects such as the new Claymont Station which will open in late 2023, and this grant allows Amtrak to continue to invest in the main and ensure Delawares have the skills to fill critical roles locally across their organization in the years to come.

Amtrak and DelDOT say the program will help workers develop a variety of railroad-related skills to pursue well-paying, meaningful jobs that will contribute to the success of America’s infrastructure and transportation sectors in the future.

“Railroading 101”:

  • Improving Job Opportunities in Delaware
  • Create a more diverse rail workforce
  • Enriching the lives of its participants by providing them with the tools necessary for a successful railway career

“The pandemic has caused extraordinary disruptions to our economy and disproportionately harmed people in disadvantaged communities,” said US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. “The actions of the Biden-Harris administration have fueled a strong recovery and historic economic growth. As we enter new phases of recovery, we must ensure that all communities have the support they need to thrive.

“Workforce programs like this will mean more well-paying jobs, and they will prove essential as we continue to implement the bipartisan infrastructure law,” the administrator said. FRA, Amit Bose. “The Federal Railroad Administration applauds the opportunity presented by the Delaware DOT Department of Labor and Amtrak, and we look forward to investing more federal funds in projects and programs that support rail in America.”

“One of the goals of the SMART Mechanical Department is to help serve and improve the communities in which we live and work,” said John McCloskey, General Chairman, Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Union. “It made supporting the local ‘Railroading 101’ program funded by a federal grant to the State of Delaware a no-brainer.”