Governor's Cup Wins in a Row
10 Jan 2022
Manufacturing is critical to the economic well-being of Gage County, with plenty of career opportunities available at local businesses. Organizations like Gage Are Growth Enterprise (NGage) often focus their workforce development assistance within the actual manufacturing companies themselves. But these businesses cannot operate at peak efficiencies without the optimum management of their supply chain. Receiving supplies and shipping finished products are accomplished by shipping companies and their employees. As with many other industries in 2021, finding enough quality talent to fill the supply chain roles has been a difficult process.
In an effort to improve workforce needs in the industry, the Trucking Action Plan was launched in December 2021. The Trucking Action Plan is part of the Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force that was launched in June 2021 to address supply chain bottlenecks created when the economy jump started after the pandemic slowdown.
The following concrete actions of the plan will lay the foundation for a next-generation trucking workforce and support numerous good jobs.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are working to support state departments of motor vehicles by working hand-in-hand with them to address the challenges they are facing. FMCSA will provide over $30 million in funding to help states expedite commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs). They will also send every state a toolkit detailing specific actions to take to expedite the process like expanding hours and locations as well as moving processes online.
A 90-day challenge was kicked-off to recruit employers interested in developing new Registered Apprenticeship programs and to support those interested in expanding existing programs; all in an effort to put more well-trained drivers on the road. Registered Apprenticeship programs are the gold standard of driver training because they provide paid, on-the-job learning. Expanding this proven workforce strategy in the trucking industry will ensure high-quality instruction for new drivers and will help employers develop and train a skilled workforce.
There are currently more than 10,000 apprentices in the trucking industry. The Department of Labor (DOL) and national partners such as FASTPORT are committed to helping accelerate new program development in as little as two days. FASTPORT is a DOL-funded national apprenticeship intermediary partner that focuses on the transportation sector and is committed to working with trucking employers, unions, and industry associations to achieve program creation goals. DOL is investing $8 million in more national apprenticeship intermediaries who can help employers start Registered Apprenticeships.
DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship’s (OA) has consultants located across the country who will assist organizations interested in starting a new program or joining an existing program and has launched a 90-Day Apprenticeship Trucking Challenge website.
Because there are approximately 70,000 veterans who are likely to have certified trucking experience in the last five years, the DOL Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will step up efforts and partnerships to help transition service members and veterans to good jobs in the trucking industry.
Use of the Off-Base Transition Training Pilot Program (OBTT) will be explored to extend employment readiness curriculum to connect veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and their spouses to a career path in trucking. DOL and VA will work to ensure veterans’ driving experience is recognized for those seeking a CDL and will build on proven models, such as SkillBridge programs. Partnerships between the Employment Navigator and Partnership Pilot (ENPP) and the trucking industry will be expanded.
The “Driving Good Jobs” initiative, launched jointly by the DOT and DOL, will focus on ensuring a strong and safe trucking workforce. Key aspects of the initiative include:
Contact NGage today to learn how your business can prepare for the benefits of the Trucking Action Plan and other programs coming in 2022!
Governor's Cup Wins in a Row
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