Dallas, TX - July 19, 2017 - The Great American Trucking Show (GATS) and FASTPORT, Inc. have partnered to provide leading trucking employers and associations with education and access to Registered Apprenticeship opportunities to help recruit and retain the best talent to the industry. Employers interested in creating or expanding an apprenticeship program can register to attend the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Apprenticeship Accelerator that will introduce the National Standard Apprenticeship model the DOL has approved for the Transportation & Logistics Industry.
“We are proud to provide the venue and opportunity for the trucking industry to demonstrate support for the newest members of its workforce with FASTPORT and the U.S. Department of Labor,” said Stacy McCants, Director of Audience Experience for GATS. ”Our exhibitors are excited to participate, and we look forward to an educational and productive event for companies and associations that will be joining from across the nation.”
“American industry is the foundation of our country's economic competitiveness and prosperity. The challenge? Significant talent shortages and skill gaps are slowing companies' efforts to expand, innovate, and thrive. Transportation Sector growth is hampered by an aging workforce of highly-skilled and experienced workers and a lingering challenge to attract new and more diverse talent pools,” says Jose Velazquez, Deputy Administrator DOL/ETA Office of Apprenticeships. “Registered Apprenticeship is your proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent.”
Brad Bentley, FASTPORT President, expressed his appreciation for the work the DOL Office of Apprenticeship has put into the creation of the Registered Apprenticeship program and the movement to engage with employers through an industry intermediary: “Private-public partnerships like the DOL OA has put into motion places the transportation industry in an enviable position: it can work as a unified coalition to attract the best candidates for its most sought-after careers.”
“By working together to attract both civilians and Veterans as future transportation professionals,” Bentley continued, “the industry and its leading employers like those attending this session at GATS will improve the lives of their newest employees and the health of our nation’s economy.”
The Great American Trucking Show (GATS) is one of the nation’s largest trucking trade shows. Held each August in Dallas, GATS is a three-day indoor event features more than 500,000 feet of exhibit space and a wide variety of informational sessions. For more information, visit www.truckshow.com or call our events line at 888-349-4287.
FASTPORT, Inc. is a veteran employment software development company that builds products to help all members of the military community find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching military job seekers to employers actively hiring from the military community.FASTPORT, Inc. is a Department of Labor Industry Intermediary to increase apprenticeship programs for civilian and veteran talent and has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates. For more information, visit fastport.com.