Logistics real estate company Prologis, Inc. recently announced plans to expand its Community Workforce Initiative (CWI) training program in six major markets in the United States. The training program, launched in 2018, is expected to create more educational opportunities for those seeking a career in logistics. CWI provides training and placement support to workers.
“COVID has had a dramatic impact on the job market, and industry-developed training programs like Prologis CWI provide tangible opportunities to acquire skills that match immediate job openings,” said Nick Schultz, executive director of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network in a statement. “We have seen the positive impact that the mix of virtual instruction, professional certification and full program services can have on people’s lives. We are proud to partner with Prologis to help people in the Long Beach area and beyond acquire the skills necessary for immediate labor market participation and / or promotion.
Prologis CWI, in partnership with JFF, a national non-profit organization transforming the U.S. workforce and education systems, will train 10,000 people in transportation, distribution and logistics positions over the next two years in Dallas, TX; Tracy, California; Long Beach, California; Chicago, Illinois; Las Vegas, NV; and Atlanta, Georgia. The program also plans to create new programs in nine additional key logistics markets in the United States by the end of this year. The commitment is part of Prologis CWI’s goal of training 10,000 people by 2025. The current number is 7,000.
“Our customers’ needs for a skilled and ready workforce are greater than ever,” Prologis Chairman and CEO Hamid R. Moghadam said in a statement. “Helping people acquire sought-after skills that can translate into fulfilling careers in logistics is a benefit for workers, employers and communities. Beyond creating new career opportunities, the program will strengthen the communities in which we operate and contribute to a resilient and healthy logistics industry for years to come. “
“Prologis is making essential investments to create career paths to enter and advance in the logistics industry,” added Maria Flynn, President and CEO of JFF. “We are delighted to partner with Prologis to develop – and now expand – this work and to directly support their efforts to help American workers take advantage of the opportunities and upward mobility in an industry that is growing at such a rapid pace. . “
The Prologis training program meets a critical need
Employment in the distribution and logistics industries is expected to increase 29% from 2019 to reach 1.62 million workers in 2022, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, the broader areas of transportation, warehousing and related fields are expected to create around 735,000 jobs by 2031. Prologis’ online platform has become an attractive solution for job seekers. Thousands of people have accessed the company’s curriculum which includes the latest technology, including a platform compatible with mobile devices
during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, additional partnerships with local nonprofits across the United States have helped expand the reach and impact of the program.
“As the logistics industry continues to grow and evolve rapidly, providing training and development opportunities is critical to attracting and retaining high quality employees,” said Shannon Leffler, senior vice president of resources human resources of GEODIS for the Americas in a press release. “We look forward to tapping into the new pool of skilled workers that Prologis’ CWI program will generate. It’s a win-win solution for businesses and employees alike.
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