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Mission

Ensure the Transportation industry has the requisite, skilled workforce to keep America’s people and goods moving.

Overview

Transportation Workforce Institute (TWI), established in 2015 with seed funding from a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development grant, is hosted by Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and the first of its kind to be led by a community college in the US.  Los Angeles Trade-Technical College has a 90-year history of providing workforce training and transfer opportunities and serves over 23,000 students annually from the greater Los Angeles region.  TWI and the college are located at the epicenter of substantial transit activity, with over 40 rail and bus lines serving the region.

TWI’s purpose is to ensure a well-trained and diverse transportation workforce.  TWI’s reach is national; constructing and disseminating model, sharable curriculum and workforce development resources based on national industry standards and certifications.  TWI’s impact is regional; leading industry, education, and workforce development partners in creating programs and services that meet immediate and long-term employer needs while connecting diverse communities and citizens through transportation projects and workforce development efforts.

Need

There is substantial demand for new and replacement positions as the industry is experiencing new job growth rates in the double digits and anticipates a significant number of retirements from its aging workforce, where nearly half of the workforce will be eligible to retire within the next 10 years.  The expansion and evolution of intelligent transportation technologies means existing employees and workforce development practitioners continuously need training to develop new skill sets.  And there is demand for a workforce that mirrors the growing ethnic diversification in the U.S., particularly in each community the industry operates within.  Thus, the industry needs more qualified workers and successful models of pre-employment and incumbent worker education that maximizes participation of diverse populations, ensures employment readiness of new entrants, and promotes the retention and new skilling of existing workers once hired.

Key Strategies

  • Contribute to a systemic approach to workforce development in the U.S. transportation industry by:
    • Translating national standards and certifications into model competency-based curriculum
    • Constructing and disseminating sharable, workforce development resources
  • Enable agile and interlinked responses to regional employer demands by:
    • Convening regional employers; workforce-, economic-, and community-development partners to identify, develop and implement action plans to address immediate and projected transportation workforce needs
    • Creating education programs for emerging, high-growth, and hard-to-fill occupations
    • Implementing interlinked K16, adult education, and apprenticeship pathways
    • Brokering programs and services to address employer workforce development priorities
    • Defining performance measures and assessing program and service quality and graduate competence
  • Revitalize communities and connect citizens through transportation initiatives and activities by:
    • Serving as an intermediary for regional and state transportation projects
    • Outreaching and recruiting citizens into workforce development programs; ensuring the transportation workforce represents the community it serves
    • Building gateway programs incuding pre-education and pre-employment preparation, supportive services, and work-based learning experiences; to increase education and employment success