To help increase awareness and interest in these occupations, Public Works Academy offers the Cadet Training Program. This 14-week program gives people the chance to explore the breadth of career options available in public works. It combines classroom instruction with an externship experience for participants. Gorman likens the intensive program to basic training in the military. It provides an overview of all the different fields in public works.
The ability of internship programs to retain talent has spurred a growing interest in internship programs as well as the launch of internship-matching portals catering to in-state employers. In the Midwest, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and most recently, Wisconsin, all have websites dedicated to promoting their state’s internship opportunities.
Going into its third year, the Conexus Intern Program has grown from 30 companies employing 84 students in 2015 to more than 80 companies and more than 260 students expected in the summer of 2017. Conexus Indiana is a non-profit consortium of the state’s advanced manufacturers and logistics (AML) industries.
A career in Supply Chain Management can encompass a lot of different jobs. Many people understand that a logistics coordinator works in Supply Chain Management, but not everyone immediately sees that the field includes sales people, truck drivers, and warehouse managers among many other roles. Supply Chain OKI involves business members, government agencies, chambers of commerce, community organizations, port authorities, and educational institutions to build talent capability so employers will have the talent they need to fill positions. Ultimately, the goal is to establish a process for potential employees to gain the skills they need to get good paying jobs with career advancement opportunities.
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