Webinar “Developing the Transportation Talent Pipeline” Now Available Online

MTWC’s March 15, 2016 webinar, “Developing the Transportation Talent Pipeline Webinar,” is now available on our website. You may access it by clicking here or going to our Resources Tab.

This event was sponsored by Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Education and Training (ABG20) and the National Network for the Transportation Workforce.

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Mentoring Young People in Michigan: DeAnte Thompkins Shares His Experiences

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DeAnte Thompkins conferring at the podium

DeAnte Thompkins has hired and mentored more than 600 high school students as director of MDOT’s Metro Region Youth Development and Mentoring Program (YDMP), a program he was once in himself. MDOT’s twelve-week program provides summer job training as a foundation for entering transportation-related careers. We recently asked him some questions about his experience with mentorship programs.

What’s a typical work week for the students in the program?

Participants in the program work a standard forty-hour work week. The week is generally broken down into three days of work in the field and two days of mentoring activities. Over the last several years, we have partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources so that the students could help in the beautification efforts of Belle Isle State Park. This provides a very safe work environment for students while still making an impact on a gem of Metro Detroit.

What are some actual student paths after finishing the program?

We have a number of success stories that have come as a result of being exposed to our Youth Development and Mentoring program.  After being exposed to the opportunities in transportation, we have kids go on to major in civil engineering. We have a gentleman that has been with YDMP since roughly 2009 who decided to become an aircraft mechanic because of what he saw during our mentoring event at MDOT’s Aeronautics garage in Lansing. We have other students that went on to get skilled trades certifications because of exposure to that career path. [Read more…]

Webinar: Developing the Transportation Talent Pipeline

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
1:00-2:30pm Central (2:00-3:30pm Eastern)

Unfilled jobs hurt the competitive position of our businesses and our nation. This discussion will help leaders from business and industry, economic development, education, and workforce development learn about proven strategies for enhancing employer competitiveness and profitability through improved access to skilled workers.

Moderated and facilitated by Teresa Adams, Director, Midwest Transportation Workforce Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Why Must Industry Lead and How They Can Do It
    Michael Baker, Manager Strategic Planning & Innovation, Illinois Department of Commerce
  • Strategies for Effective Business Engagement
    Trina Whatley, Business Relations Specialist, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • Expanding Employer Leadership in Managing the Talent Pipeline
    Jason Tyszko, Executive Director, Center for Education and Workforce, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

This webinar is free and open to the public, but is limited to 100 participants. You must register to participate.

*** Registration is now closed. A recording of the webinar will be available on March 16, 2016.***

Click here to for more information.

FHWA Releases Overview of US Job Needs and Priorities

The Federal Highway Administration recently released the Executive Summary and National Overview: US Transportation Job Priorities and Needs report, which provides a high-level overview of the methodology and results of the Job Needs and Priorities research undertaken by the five regional transportation workforce centers that make up the NNTW.

This report discusses the transportation industry, drivers of transportation needs, and the transportation workforce in each region and then describes the key occupations across the five regions and analyzes and categorizes these occupations based on labor market data.

Read the complete summary.

MTWC Director Presents Job Needs and Priorities at 2016 TRB Annual Meeting

The five regional transportation workforce center directors–including MTWC Director Teresa Adams–convened at the 94th annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington, DC on January 13, 2016 to present the findings of each region’s Job Needs and Priorities Report.

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The presentation began with an overview of the National Network for the Transportation Workforce’s (NNTW) three-phase research methodology used by each center to generate and analyze historic, current, and future occupational estimates for all priority transportation occupations identified. After this overview, each center director gave an individual assessment of their region’s unique characteristics and challenges, top priority occupations, and strategies to address those workforce gaps.

The presentation concluded with a side-by-side analysis of each state’s priority occupations, allowing the viewer to compare and contrast regions’ needs against one another.

MTWC at the 2016 TRB Annual Meeting

Building a National Network for the Transportation Workforce: Job Needs and Priorities by Region
8:00-9:45am on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 
Convention Center, 152B
Sessions #748

The National Network for the Transportation Workforce (NNTW)–which includes the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center–is presenting a session (#748) at the 2016 TRB Annual Meeting. In this session, the NNTW will present findings from Phase I of each regional center’s Job Needs and Priorities Report and elaborate on the transportation workforce landscape at the national and regional levels. A panel comprised of the NNTW regional center directors will discuss data methodologies, use of labor market real-time intelligence, state versus regional priorities, and how occupations analytics are guiding regional center activities. This panel discussion will consider the following questions:

  • What was most revealing about the data at the regional level?
  • What resources did you use to capture both workforce supply and demand at the regional level?
  • What is the impact of these findings for the National Network?
  • What are the next steps in the development of the regional and national workforce profiles?

This session is sponsored by the Standing Committee on Transportation Education and Training (ABG20)