Examines Workforce Needs in Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Sector

With signs of Connecticut's economy growing and demand for products made here increasing, the need to quickly, efficiently, and effectively transport those goods also is growing.

Businesses in Connecticut need trained, skilled workers in transportation and logistics to fill that need. The Connecticut Business and Industry Association's (CBIA) Education Foundation, with funding from the Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford, is establishing a new workforce partnership with state businesses to identify the skills and competencies needed in the transport and logistics sector and help employers create good job opportunities and career pathways in it.

"Transporting products and services -- locally, nationally, and internationally -- is critically important to Connecticut's economy," says Deb Presbie of the CBIA Education Foundation. "The transportation sector is also growing and in need of a pipeline of qualified workers."

The partnership will consist of public and private sector companies working together to identify skills required for entry- and mid-level jobs in the transportation, distribution, and/or logistics (TDL) sectors and developing a coordinated plan to provide job seekers with those skills. CBIA's Education Foundation will serve as the sector intermediary, providing linkages to workforce training and education providers.

"We'd like companies to participate in individual and bimonthly partnership meetings over a six-month period to define their workforce needs and skills gaps and develop a plan to address them," says Presbie.

The partnership looks to not only increase the number of skilled workers but also facilitate the advancement of lower-income, lower-skilled works on pathways that offer family-sustaining wages.

For the next six months, the focus will be on developing the partnership and creating a plan for implementation and sustainability.

For more information on how companies in the Greater Hartford and Enfield labor markets can participate, please contact Deb Presbie at deb.presbie@cbia.com or 860.244.1932.

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The Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford is a funders' collaborative and network of public/private stakeholder organizations that invests in the development of an educated, economically self-sufficient workforce with the skills that regional employers need to successfully compete. For more information, go to www.workforce-solutions.org.

CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with 10,000 member companies. For more information, please contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957; meaghan.macdonald@cbia.com) or visit the CBIA Newsroom.