Logistics real estate firm Prologis, Inc. recently announced its 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 people looking for a career in logistics. CWI provides workers with training and job placement support.
“COVID has had a dramatic impact on the labor market, and industry-developed training programs like Prologis CWI offer concrete opportunities to learn skills that are aligned with immediate job openings,” said Nick Schultz, Executive Director, Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network said in a statement. “We’ve seen the positive impact the program’s mix of virtual instruction, professional certification and wraparound services can have on people’s lives. We’re proud to collaborate with Prologis to help people in the Long Beach area and beyond acquire the skills necessary for immediate labor market attachment and/or advancement.”
Prologis CWI, in a partnership with JFF, a national non-profit driving transformation in the American workforce and educational systems, will train 10,000 people for transportation, distribution and logistics positions during the next two years in Dallas, TX; Tracy, CA; Long Beach, CA; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; and Atlanta, GA. The program also plans to create new programs in nine additional key logistics markets in the U.S. by the end of this year. The commitment is part of Prologis CWI’s goal to train 10,000 people by 2025. The current count is 7,000.
“Our customers’ needs for skilled and ready labor are greater than ever,” Prologis Chairman and CEO Hamid R. Moghadam said in a statement. “Helping people acquire in-demand skills that can translate to fulfilling careers in logistics is a benefit to workers, employers and communities. Beyond creating new career opportunities, the program will strengthen the communities where we operate and contribute to a resilient and healthy logistics industry for years to come.”
“Prologis is making critical investments to build career pathways to enter and advance in the logistics industry,” added JFF President and CEO Maria Flynn. “We’re pleased to partner with Prologis to develop—and now scale—this work and to directly support their efforts to help U.S. workers tap into opportunity and upward mobility in an industry that is growing at such a rapid pace.”
Prologis training program addresses a critical need
Employment in the distribution and logistics sectors is expected to increase by 29% from 2019 to 1.62 million workers in 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, the broader transportation, warehousing and related fields are projected to add approximately 735,000 jobs by 2031. Prologis’ online platform has become an enticing solution for job seekers. Thousands accessed the company’s curriculum that comprises the latest technologies, including a mobile-friendly platform
during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, additional partnerships with local non-profits across the U.S. helped extend the program’s reach and impact.
“As the logistics industry continues to rapidly expand and evolve, providing opportunities for training and development is key to attracting and retaining high-quality employees,” Shannon Leffler, senior vice president of human resources, GEODIS in Americas said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to tapping into the new pool of trained workers that Prologis’ CWI program will yield. It’s a win-win for companies and employees alike.”
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