Press Release: Delivering the TDL Workforce Initiative Launches with 10 Regional Partnership Grants

Published feb. 25, 2015

The new Walmart-funded initiative expands training for middle-skill transportation, distribution and logistics jobs

Boston, MA — Jobs for the Future (JFF) today announced the recipients of the Delivering the TDL Workforce initiative grants, which will increase access to middle-skill jobs in the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) sectors. The project will strengthen and expand training in 10 regions for careers in automotive repair and maintenance, commercial truck driving, logistics and warehouse management, and others.

Funded by a $3 million grant awarded by the Walmart Foundation, the grantees are located in Baltimore, Maryland; Central Pennsylvania; Des Moines, Iowa; Greensboro, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; Jersey City, New Jersey; Long Beach, California; Newark, New Jersey; Seattle, Washington; and the Tampa Bay region. Each region has been awarded $220,000 to train 300 individuals over the next 2 years and provide them with support and job placement services. The projects will connect underrepresented populations to the industry, with each site committing to serve at least 25 percent female participants.

The 10 workforce partnerships include strong participation from TDL businesses in both design and implementation, to ensure that individuals complete programs with skills and certifications that are in-demand in their regional labor market. Workers will earn industry-recognized credentials such as a Commercial Driver’s License and Global Logistics Associate certificate, and many will also earn college credits that lead toward Associate’s degrees in TDL.

“Jobs for the Future is excited to be a part of the Walmart Foundation’s new Career Opportunities strategy. Our work with 10 regional labor markets will help prepare workers for family-supporting jobs in the TDL sector,” said Maria Flynn, senior vice president at JFF.  “These investments will promote diversity in the TDL workforce by designing recruitment and retention strategies to help more women move into these in-demand jobs that are critical to our nation’s infrastructure."

JFF will bring together grantees for peer learning opportunities and will provide assistance to facilitate the adoption of successful strategies and best practices being used around the country. JFF’s technical assistance to programs to recruit and place women in TDL will include an expanded version of the Pink to Green toolkit. Delivering the TDL Workforce will also leverage the work of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions to deliver employer-driven sector training programs.

About the Grantees

The Jersey City Employment and Training Program TDL Training (JCETP-TDL) is one of the local workforce partners in North New Jersey. JCETP-TDL will work to increase the skills, capacity, and readiness of area workers to meet employer needs in Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

"This is an exciting opportunity for Jersey City Employment and Training and our partners to expand training for our residents in our growing transportation, distribution, and logistics sector," said Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City. "The program will offer residents valuable job skills and certifications that will lead to permanent employment."

Similarly, the Long Beach TDL Workforce program is leveraging its existing platform to meet the challenges of a changing regulatory landscape while supporting area residents in entering the Advanced Transportation pathways crucial to the local economy. The program is investing in training that addresses the local clean air policy and delivers skilled workers versed in new technology.

“Transportation and logistics are major industries in our city and vital to the economic strength of our region and nation. By partnering with Jobs for the Future, Long Beach City College (LBCC) will be able to prepare our local workforce for well-paying careers in these industries,” said LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley.

In Central Iowa, the Central Iowa Works TDL Academy is working to close the middle-skills gap along America’s transportation corridors, providing opportunities for area residents to succeed in family-supporting careers in demand from local employers. The local region is greatly impacted by the transportation and logistics industry, and the TDL Academy will concentrate on commercial truck driving and logistics support trainings.

"Central Iowa Works is very pleased and excited to receive funding from the Walmart Foundation to launch the TDL Workforce initiative, said Pat Steele, Central Iowa Works site director. “Working with our employers, community partners and Des Moines Area Community College, we can better meet the needs of employers to hire skilled workers and jobseekers to obtain well-paying jobs."

Elisabeth Buck, Chief Community Impact Officer for United Way of Central Iowa, agrees: “The TDL workforce initiative will train and upskill workers to meet employer demand in this critical employment sector. It will help more workers increase their income so they and their families can become more financially stable. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Participating local partners include:

  • Baltimore, Maryland: Cecil College, Maryland New Directions, Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, EARN Maryland within the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, UPS, Herr’s Food Inc, Performance Food Group, Burris Logistics Inc, Premium Logistics North America, C. Steinweg, Ruckert Terminals Corporation, Ports America Chesapeake, and the Maryland Port Administration
  • Central Pennsylvania: Central PA Works, Northampton County Community College, Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board, South Central Workforce Investment Board, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc., Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc., and the Manufacturers’ Association of South Central PA
  • Des Moines, Iowa: Central Iowa Works TDL Academy, Des Moines Area Community College, and the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families
  • Greensboro, North Carolina: Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative, North Carolina Center for Global Logistics, Greensboro/High Point/Guilford County Workforce Development Board, and Degrees Matter!
  • Jackson, Mississippi: Mississippi Delta Workforce Funding Collaborative, Hinds County Community College, and KLLM Transport Services LLC
  • Jersey City, New Jersey: Jersey City Employment and Training Program, Hudson County Workforce Investment Board, and New Jersey City University
  • Long Beach, California: Long Beach City College and the Harbor Trucking Association
  • Newark, New Jersey: CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative, New Community Corporation, and the Sansone Auto Mall
  • Seattle, Washington: SkillUp Washington, Port Jobs, Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management, South Seattle College, Seattle Goodwill, and the Seattle Jobs Initiative
  • Tampa Bay region, Florida: CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, PGT Industries, KHS USA, Beall’s Inc., Monin Gourmet Flavorings, Inc, Tropicana Bradenton, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida, Suncoast Technical College, Port of Manatee, and the Manatee Technical Institute

About Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future works to ensure that all underprepared young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy by creating solutions that catalyze change in our education and workforce delivery systems. Working with our partners, JFF designs and drives the adoption of innovative and scalable education and career training models and systems that lead from college readiness to career advancement. We also develop and advocate for the federal and state policies needed to support these solutions.