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September 28, 2016

On September 28, the Council on Port Performance (CPP) voted to create a Workforce Development Implementation Team. As members of the Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution (TLD) industry, the CPP acknowledges a workforce talent shortage could continue to get worse over time. Council members agreed that collaboration with our host communities and port community stakeholders will help develop a better understanding of the port’s value in the supply chain to economic growth, workforce development and long-term viability of the maritime industry to attract, train, and hire a qualified and skilled workforce.

The CPP continues to evolve to address new and emerging issues. At the Port of New York and New Jersey, a workforce of 190,000 handles record cargo volumes in key areas such as warehousing/distribution, customs brokers and freight forwarders, freight railroads, banking and insurance, trucking, government inspections, terminal management, ocean carriers, container crane operators, and longshoremen. The short term industry projection cites a strong need for experienced truck drivers, warehousemen, and logistics professionals.  

The new council team plans to collaborate with the TLD Talent Development Center (TLD TDC) at Union County College which is funded by a $900,000 grant from the New Jersey Office of Labor and Workforce Development whose mission is  to develop and deliver training programs for incumbent TLD workers at employers in the state and in delivering training programs that will provide skills to unemployed or displaced workers and prepare them for entry into TLD jobs. Employers at the port and elsewhere are invited to an Employer Summit at the TLD TDC on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM to learn about the programs and resources available. For more information please visit here.

Recently, the school has been instrumental in offering industry-specific training in Supply Chain Management as part of a consortium of twelve colleges and universities across the country. It offers eight training modules related to the TLD industry: Supply Chain Management Principles, Warehousing Operations, Transportation Operations, Customer Service Operations, Demand Planning, Manufacturing Service Operations, Inventory Management and Supply Management and Procurement. The TLD TDC assists individuals looking for jobs in the TLD sector and offers training for existing workers onsite for employer partners. Trainees earn industry recognized certifications from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) upon successfully passing an exam.

In addition, the college offers resources for employers seeking qualified candidates to fill open employment opportunities. For information on becoming an employer partner of the TLD TDC for employment and recruitment purposes, please contact Dr. Lisa Hiscano, at 908-965-2358 or hiscano@ucc.edu, or Nancy Burke, Business Development Manager at 908-527-7207 or burke@ucc.edu.

If you have expertise in human resources, recruiting, job placement, training and curriculum development and are interested in serving on the Workforce Development Implementation Team, please contact Bethann Rooney at berooney@panynj.gov or Nick Raspanti at nraspanti@panynj.gov.

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