Pacific Gateway and Prologis open enrollment for a new training program for supply chain and logistics jobs

City of Long Beach logoThe City of Long Beach, in partnership with Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network (Pacific Gateway), today announced a new training program with Prologis, Inc. designed to provide rapid skills training for Long Beach workers in the transportation, distribution and logistics sectors.

 “We continue to do everything we can to offer supportive programs and resources during the pandemic, and that includes providing job training and career services for workers,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This program will help prepare thousands of people for successfully landing jobs in the logistics industry which we know is in demand more than ever now with the growth of online shopping and delivery services.”

With demand for skilled logistics workers at an all-time high, the Prologis Warehousing and Distribution Program will help job candidates learn more about the industry and position them for success. Developed in partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF), a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems, the new online curriculum will help job candidates learn fundamentals of e-commerce, supply chain and inventory management, safety and other key skills required for logistics careers.

“As youth and adult workers grapple with this unprecedented and historic employment crisis, there is a heightened sense of urgency and focus on creating training programs aligned with hiring demand in fast-growing industries,” said Pacific Gateway Executive Director Nick Schultz. “This collaboration with the local logistics sector will deliver timely training to help workers find their next career step and develop technical and professional skills needed for in-demand careers.”

The need for skilled logistics workers has never been greater, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which indicates that growth was already projected for the sector over the next few years and the pandemic has brought on an exponential increase in online shopping and to-home delivery further increasing talent needs.

The online program provides self-paced, 30- to 45-minute courses that can be taken via a mobile app or on a laptop or desktop computer and are designed to be accessible for youth and adults of all ages and education levels. Additional training is available in professional skills, such as communication, and career development skills, such as resume-building and interviewing.

Long Beach is one of seven communities selected by Prologis and JFF to offer the online training and connect interested workers with regional employment opportunities in the industry. Pacific Gateway is partnering with Long Beach City College and the Long Beach Unified School District to ensure access to the training platform for students and alumni.

“At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to find work, the logistics industry can provide a stepping stone to stable employment and long-term career opportunities,” said Steven Hussain, director of community workforce programs at Prologis. “This new initiative is focused on creating an accelerated pathway to careers in logistics while addressing hiring demand for the fastest-growing employers in the region.”

For more information on this program and to get started with training today, people can visit pacific-gateway.org/prologis.