In a bid to address the skills gap in the warehousing sector, Prologis, Inc. has partnered with the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) to create a new industry certificate that will help develop the next generation of talent for the logistics industry. The program is expected to launch in the third quarter of 2021.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data say warehouse employment has reached the highest level ever recorded, with 1.25 million workers in 2020. The transportation, warehousing and related fields are projected to have 600,000 new openings by 2029.
“The need for skilled logistics workers has never been greater, particularly as warehousing and logistics operators strive to meet demand driven by faster fulfillment and higher inventory levels,” said Edward S. Nekritz, Prologis’ chief legal officer and ESG head. “Our future-focused approach drives our efforts to build a talent pipeline for our customers, with an emphasis on revitalizing career pathways and creating economic opportunity in the communities where we operate.”
Prologis says the industry-driven certificate will serve as a standard for core skills in logistics and builds on the online, self-paced curriculum that Prologis introduced last year. As part of the digital learning and development program, students will acquire foundational skills and gain an understanding of the logistics sector.
After successfully passing an exam, students will receive completion certificates, digital badges and credentials for their resumes. The online courses were developed in collaboration with several Prologis customers, including NFI and Geodis.
The certificate will be developed with the ASCM Foundation as part of the global Prologis Community Workforce Initiative (CWI). Via the CWI Initiative, Prologis has pledged to train 25,000 individuals for jobs in transportation, distribution and logistics by the end of 2025.
“There was a skills gap in the supply chain way before COVID-19 was even part of the lexicon,” said ASCM Foundation VP Dan Schoenfeld. “Now the pandemic has further exacerbated the need for upskilling to an unprecedented level. This partnership with Prologis aligns perfectly with our Foundation’s mission of creating a better world through the supply chain by attracting more people to the field and preparing them for rewarding career opportunities.”
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