Prologis Launches Community Workforce Initiative to Address Logistics Labor Shortage
Prologis is proud to announce the launch of the Community Workforce Initiative (CWI), an extension of our commitment to deliver superior customer service while strengthening local communities. Prologis will collaborate with local workforce programs to provide mentorship, skills training, internships and job placement services for people interested in pursuing careers in logistics, distribution and transportation—sectors currently experiencing a significant labor shortage.
Through CWI’s partnerships, we will help our customers address labor needs and expand their talent pipelines. In addition to serving our customers, the initiative is structured to enhance local economies and help create career opportunities in the communities where we do business.
EXP, a Southern California nonprofit organization that connects high school students to high-growth jobs, has signed on as our first CWI partner. Together, our two organizations have launched the EXP Internship Program: Powered by Prologis, which will place 160 high school students from communities around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in local trade internships. The students will also benefit from job skills training workshops, designed with input from Prologis, and receive career guidance from industry executives.
This initiative expands on Prologis’ longstanding support of EXP’s career-based educational programs. Prologis customers that have hosted EXP interns in the past include Nova Transportation Services, Franco Trucking, NFI California Cartage, Yusen Logistics and Andeavor.
Our first internship and mentorship program under CWI kicks off September 13 and will cover the 2018-2019 school year. We plan to expand CWI to other cities where we have significant development and operations.
“The need for workers in logistics, transportation and fulfillment has intensified, with the growth of e-commerce magnifying the issue,” said Edward S. Nekritz, chief legal officer, Prologis. “By partnering with organizations like EXP and encouraging young people to pursue meaningful career paths in a high-growth industry like logistics, we believe we can make a positive impact on our customers and help local communities thrive.”
“Trade, transportation and logistics have long been economic engines for Southern California,” said Amy Grat, chief executive officer, EXP. “For 19 years, EXP has been connecting youth to the diverse careers that exist in these sectors, ranging from warehouse managers to marine engineers to web designers. We are delighted to partner with Prologis to connect today’s youth with tomorrow’s opportunities.”
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